Saturday, February 18, 2017

Howie Mandel Hosts Exciting New Game Show Take It All this February on Sony Channel

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Host and executive producer Howie Mandel provides a modern twist to the popular holiday tradition of exchanging gifts in the exciting new game show Take It All on Sony Channel this February.

In the show, each contestant selects and opens a package from an assortment of wrapped gifts containing hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes, such as luxury cars, exotic trips, jewelry, and more. The next player then has to decide if he should steal the prize that’s already been opened or go for a mystery prize, hoping it could be worth more. At the end of each round, the contestant with the least valuable prize is eliminated.

In the final round, things get even more interesting when the two remaining contestants find out if chance favors any of them as they are faced with the toughest decisions they will ever make. Feel the pressure as contestants think about whether to keep what they have or steal what they don’t.

Find out who goes home with what and who goes home asking why as contestants ponder on life-changing choices that could cost them nothing, something, or everything!

Take It All airs weeknights at 7pm.

Sony Channel is available on Sky Cable Channel 35, Destiny Cable Channel 62, Cignal Channel 120, and Cablelink Channel 39.

DOE, PEZA To Facilitate Development of Regional Ecozones

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In a bid to attract more investments into the country, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the accelerated development of regional economic zones or ecozones with the assurance of a reliable and reasonably-priced supply of electricity.

According to Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, “the MOU is an initiative consistent with the long-term economic vision of President Rodrigo Duterte known as ‘Ambisyon 2040’ and complements his 10-point socio-economic agenda.”

“Energy policies will be developed to facilitate the reduction of the cost of doing business in the country, including the ecozones," he added.

“Energy efficiency programs, like the adoption of the Energy Management Systems (ISO 50001), will be given importance to help the locator companies to be more efficient in their use of energy resources. This will result in lower power costs to sustain the companies’ competitiveness, while also encouraging the establishment of more energy efficient ecozones in the country,” Cusi said.

Cusi also underscored the importance of policies that would streamline the permitting processes for energy projects, to ensure stable and reliable supply of energy to drive the economic activities in the ecozones.

The MOU was signed by DOE Undersecretary Benito L. Ranque representing Secretary Cusi and PEZA Director General Charito B. Plaza on 2 February 2017 in Davao City.

“With the MOU in place, the country can expect the flow of critical investment which in the long-run creates more job opportunities and spur rural development,” Cusi said.

Malampaya Shutdown Safely Completed

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Following collaborative efforts of stakeholders, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi announced today (17 Feb.) that the Malampaya scheduled maintenance shutdown has been completed safely and ahead of schedule.

“The measures undertaken helped avert any power outage as a result of the Malampaya shutdown," said Cusi.

"Throughout the Malampaya downtime, the power supply reserve was maintained at normal levels. We are grateful for having hurdled the critical period that could have resulted in the issuance of grid alerts," he added.

The Malampaya consortium reported Thursday that natural gas supply is readily available for use by its natgas plant customers. Comprising the consortium are Shell Philippines Exploration B.V., Chevron Malampaya LLC and PNOC Exploration Corporation.

"The consortium also reported that all maintenance activities were done taking into account the safety of all personnel,” Cusi said.

The DOE said the Malampaya Gas to Power Project supplies natural gas to five natural gas power plants located in Batangas, namely Sta. Rita (1,000 MW), San Lorenzo (500 MW), Ilijan (1,200 MW), Avion (97 MW), and San Gabriel (414 MW).

Meanwhile, Cusi emphasized that the public should continue to adopt energy efficiency and conservation practices, as these have greatly contributed in cushioning the impact of the shutdown on power supply.

"The DOE will aggressively pursue demand-side management in consonance with the thrust of legislators in yesterday's Joint Congressional Power Committee hearing to move towards the same direction," Cusi said.

NEC to Provide Cyber-Attack Defense Training for Six ASEAN Countries

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NEC Corporation announced that it received an order from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to provided cyber-attack defense for officials from governmental institutions responsible for cyber security in six members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam). The first round of the training is scheduled from February 20 to March 3, 2017.

Damage due to cyber-attacks has recently been spreading globally. Given the increasingly serious damage attributable to such targeted attacks on governmental organizations and critical infrastructure, there is a growing necessity to take measures to improve cyber security capabilities.

This defense training, which will take place in Japan over a three year period, aims to improve incident response, including the early discovery and detection of damage, as well as the implementation of countermeasures to targeted cyber-attacks on ASEAN countries. Training sessions feature lectures on the latest threats and security measures, as well as drills similar to the Cyber Defense Exercise with Recurrence (CYDER), which are practical cyber-attack defense drills that have been conducted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in Japan since 2013.

These drills will be carried out in environments that simulate targeted attacks on governmental organizations. This provides opportunities for learning how to address cyber-attacks through actual experience with a series of incident-handling processes, such as the discovery and reporting of incidents, the identification, isolation, and analysis of problematic areas, and the confirmation of damage. In addition, opportunities will be provided to tour leading-edge cyber security-related facilities in Japan according to the tour programs of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) and the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST).

“JICA is proud to be contributing to this collaboration between Japan and ASEAN countries in the reinforcement of cyber security,” said Mr. Juichiro Sasaki, Director General, JICA Tokyo International Center. “We look forward to sharing the latest technology and security information through state-of-the-art practices implemented in this ‘Knowledge Co-Creation Program’ in Japan.”

“The improvement of cyber security plays an important role in NEC’s provision of ‘Solutions for Society,’” said Mr. Kazuhiko Shiraishi, General Manager, National Security Solutions Division, NEC Corporation. “Going forward, we will continue these efforts by providing drills, products and services for cyber defense to a large number of organizations, including governmental institutions and critical infrastructure providers, both in Japan and internationally.”

Friday, February 17, 2017

Grilla Filipino Cuisine Is Now at SM MOA by the Bay

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I’m very adventurous when it comes to my dining preferences. Therefore, I am open to all kinds of dishes - may it be from the many popular restaurants at the malls or food parks with meals inspired from the different regions of the Philippines or from different countries, down to the neighborhood “carinderias” or “turo-turo” with the only exemption being the street foods that are exposed to pollution like dust and smoke.

But when I’m hungry, you won’t find me experimenting on a new kind of dish. I would always find myself eating Filipino comfort foods because I have proven so many times that they will satisfy my cravings for a satisfying meal.

But don’t get me wrong, I love Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and all kinds of foreign dishes, but there is something in Pinoy foods that makes it all fulfilling at every bite. This makes our very own Filipino food the best choice to fill me up at times when I need to grab a quick bite. Nothing come close to our very own.

The same experience was felt at our dining experience at Grilla Filipino Cuisine. It’s not my first time to dine at the said restaurant since I had the opportunity to dine already at a couple of their other branches. The newest branch, located at SM MOA by the Bay, is the third Grilla branch I have visited for a bloggers food tasting event, and once again, they never failed to impress me.

The event was meant to introduce their new dishes, or combination of dishes, as they were also offering combo meals that are great for sharing among the family, colleagues, “barkada” or with fellow bloggers that are foodies by nature.

Catcallers' Days Are Numbered

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Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros spent the Valentine’s day by filing a bill that seeks to protect women and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community from harassment in the streets and other public spaces. The proposed measure was filed in response to the growing number of gender-based harassment in public spaces such as the case of a female student from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) who was allegedly groped in a public utility vehicle by a fellow student. The school was accused of victim-shaming after it allegedly sided with the perpetrator.

Hontiveros’ Senate Bill No. 1326 otherwise known as the “Safe Streets and Public Spaces Act of 2017” seeks to penalize gender-based street and public spaces harassment such as catcalling, wolf-whistling, cursing, leering, groping, persistent request for name and contact details and the use of words tending to ridicule on the basis of actual or perceived sex, gender expression, or sexual orientation and identity including sexist, homophobic and transphobic slurs.

According to Hontiveros, the bill seeks to complement the existing Anti-Sexual Harassment Law. “I filed the bill 23 years since the passage of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Law which is limited to the workplace and to superior-subordinate relationships”, she said. Hontiveros explained that there are still no clear-cut laws that address gender-based street harassment, citing the lack of gender lens for homophobic, transphobic and gender-based unjust vexation in the Revised Penal Code.

The senator also said that the bill responds to women’s insecurity in public spaces. Citing government data, Hontiveros said that in Quezon City alone, 3 in 5 women have experienced street harassment. Meanwhile, the Social Weather Station (SWS) reported that 88% of women aged 18-24 years or almost 9 out of 10 experienced different forms of sexual harassment in the streets. The same SWS report rated men feeling more secure in their neighborhoods than women.

Lamudi will Touch Hearts in Newest TV Campaign

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Aiming to cement its position as top-of-mind choice for online property hunters, leading portal Lamudi will launch its very first and heartwarming TV advertisement

Already recognized as the number one real estate website in the Philippines based on online visibility and monthly website traffic, Lamudi Philippines is now bringing its game a notch higher by launching a new TV campaign. The new advertisement aims to strengthen Lamudi’s position as the go-to website for all Filipinos who are looking for a home of their own.

Lamudi, a frontrunner in the online real estate space, is bringing a fresh take to its own branding by creatively telling the story of a family who is finally coming home to a place of their own. The TV and out-of-home ads will run on various cable channels and will be featured in prominent billboard locations around Metro Manila.

This advertising milestone is a first for the young startup. Through this campaign, the company expects to reach offline property-hunters who do not normally look for properties in the Internet, and to introduce to them new and modern ways to search for properties.

“Lamudi since 2015 has been the most visited online real estate portal in the Philippines, but we are now elevating the website to make it the top-of-mind real estate portal in the Philippines, shared Bhavna Suresh Chathambeth, CEO of Lamudi Philippines and The latter is a website the former acquired from Summit Media in 2015.

Ms. Suresh also stressed that 2017 will be a big year for the top real estate portal, as this year, Lamudi is focusing on being more consumer-centric. “We have already built a strong online brand, especially among real estate brokers and developers. Now, we are reaching to the traditionally offline market to encourage them to use the Internet to find properties.”

The timing couldn’t be perfect, shared Ms. Suresh, as Lamudi has a lineup of exciting consumer-focused events this year. One will delve exclusively on the affordable housing sector, while another housing fair scheduled in mid-2017 will be held in Cebu City and will focus on the exciting real estate market of the city and the Visayas. These two on top of a host of offline marketing campaigns intended toward Filipino homebuyers can be expected from the top property website this year.

Hontiveros: Stop the Victim-Blaming, Pass the Anti-Discrimination Bill

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Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros called for a stop to the culture of victim blaming and gender discrimination during the second round of interpellations of the Anti-Discrimination Bill (ADB) on Monday.

Answering questions from Senators Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Hontiveros explained that the proposed bill seeks to protect a person’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) from discrimination and harm.

During the course of the interpellation, several such cases were discussed, among them the murder of Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old Filipino transwoman Jennifer Laude, at the hands of United States Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton. When Pacquiao suggested that Pemberton was deceived by Laude into thinking she was straight, Hontiveros responded by saying that the victims should not be blamed for the heinous crime.

“Siya na nga ang pinatay, siya pa ang may sala. This is unacceptable. Let us not resort to victim-blaming in an attempt to excuse crimes on the grounds of someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity,” Hontiveros said.

Hontiveros explained that Pacquaio was actually using the “gay and trans panic defense”, a homophobic and transphobic defense against charges of assault and murder.

“This line of defense and logic has already been widely discredited. In fact in California, this so-called legal defense has been officially banned in murder trials, with the American Bar Association (ABA) strongly suggesting that other states should do the same,” Hontiveros said.

Questions were also raised about which restrooms were appropriate for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Hontiveros said that transwomen can use female restrooms while transmen and gay men can use male restrooms. The lady senator also cited the practice of gender-neutral restrooms, particularly in places such as coffee shops and business process outsourcing firms.

"We need to pass this law in order for people to be more gender sensitive and better understand the different dimensions of gender identity and sexual orientation. Hindi lahat ng bakla ay tinuturing ang kanilang mga sarili na babae o gustong mag-CR sa restroom ng babae,” Hontiveros said.

Hontiveros is the current chairperson of the Senate committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality.

People First Over Profits; Prioritize Peoples’ Rights and Demands in ASEAN!

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Philippine CSOs to the ASEAN Economic Community: “People First Over Profits; Prioritize Peoples’ Rights and Demands in ASEAN!” 

On Valentine’s Day, around 100 red-clad members of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum 2017 (ACSC/APF 2017) Philippines National Organizing Committee (NOC), marched to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to deliver the Philippine CSOs’ position and demands on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). 

The NOC, led by its co-conveners Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) and PhilWomen on ASEAN, asked that its statement be tackled also at the 31 st meeting of the High Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Integration (HLTF-EI) the following day. 

A number of the groups that have been engaging DTI on trade and investment issues and free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations are also part of the ACSC/APF 2017 NOC. 

A big Valentine’s card containing the CSOs’ statement was handed over to the Philippine representative to the HLTF-EI, DTI Undersecretary and official-in-charge of trade policies Ceferino Rodolfo who later invited the CSOs to a dialogue in a big meeting room at the Board of Investments. 

“The ACSC/APF 2017 Philippines NOC sees the Philippines Chairship of ASEAN for 2017 as a good opportunity to advance the peoples’ critique of the AEC and the current direction espoused by ASEAN’s economic integration agenda. 

Dive into all that Anime action this February with Animax!

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February, albeit a short month, will be incredibly enjoyable especially for fans of anime and Animax! From comedy, romance to science fiction, Asia’s leading anime channel will bring to audiences an array of popular anime series such as WWW.WORKING!!! , The File of Young Kindaichi R and more!

High school freshman Daisuke Higashida is forced to take a part-time job at Wagnaria, a family restaurant chain, due to financial difficulties at home. At first, things were going smoothly for him and his colleagues. But then, he realizes that everyone who works at the restaurant is all but normal!

As Daisuke copes with his unusual working life, it becomes clear that he faces a personal dilemma: How can he continue to work in a restaurant without a single normal person working there?

WWW.WORKING!! airs every Monday & Tuesday at 8pm, with 2 episodes back-to-back, first & exclusively on Animax. 

The File of Young Kindaichi R
The adventures of veteran detective Hajime Kindaichi continue as he solves mysterious gruesome murders, together with childhood friend Miyuke Nanase. For the grandson of a famous detective, he is known to be both lazy and clumsy. However, when he gets involved in a murder case, his real talent shows as he cracks the most mindboggling cases.
Having been gifted with an IQ of 180, Hajime uses his innate skills of deduction and intuition to solve each mystery.
The File of Young Kindaichi R + The File of Young Kindaichi R TV Special premieres on 28 February, and airs every Monday & Tuesday at 8pm, with 2 episodes back-to-back, first & exclusively on Animax.

Scared Rider Xechs
The Blue World is under attack against mysterious invaders known as "Nightfly O'Note", which comes from the Red World. To combat the threat, humans have set up a defense facility called LAG and formed elite combat units to fight the enemy. 

Seventeen-year-old Akira Asagi is nominated to lead the war as she trains and leads six chosen youths that comprise the “Scared Rider Xechs”.

Together, they must unite and fight against these otherworldly aliens in order to protect their planet and humanity.
Scared Rider Xechs premieres on 15 February, and airs from Monday to Friday at 6:30 pm, with 2 episodes back-to-back, first & exclusively on Animax.

First Love Monster
From a wealthy family comes Kaho Nikaido, the 15-year-old daughter of an elderly rich couple, who leaves their home to live in a high school dormitory. While struggling to adjust to her new life, she figures in an accident and is saved by a handsome stranger, Kanade Takahashi. Instantly, Kaho falls in love with Kanade.   

However, little does she know that the object of her affection is only a fifth grader! How will she react when she finds out? Will love be lovelier for Kaho the first time around?

First Love Monster airs every Wednesday & Thursday at 8pm, with 2 episodes back-to-back, first & exclusively on Animax.

Animax is available on SKYCable Channel 46, Cignal Digital TV Channel 73, Dream Channel 07, and GSat Channel 24.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Sharp Date Night for the Single

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February is the love month. Celebrated worldwide through different traditions, practices, and events, February gives lovers and romantics the opportunity to splurge and bond with their partners. For the unattached, it is the season they can either remain indifferent or, ironically, be involved as much as possible.

Especially evident in contemporary Filipino culture, the unattached, or the “single”, willingly participate and hype-up Valentine’s Day with social media antics and comic reliefs. But these single men and women, despite their self-mockery, are also proof that even in solitude, there is still a way to spend February 14 enjoyably—if only one is equipped with confidence, independence, and a solid home entertainment system.

No single person should have a reason to feel alone or sad this Valentine’s Day as Sharp Philippines, with a range of models from its audio and visual category, offers more than just the flowers or the chocolates.

Sharp includes in its roster the 4K Powered by Android TV filled with varying entertainment and viewing options that cater to whichever mood you are in. With apps like Netflix, YouTube, Google Cast, and Google Play, you can browse, play, and download non-stop and from the comforts of your home. Be in the company of your favorite TV series or films and a freshly popped bowl of popcorn as you simply enjoy the night away.

Lowering Age of Criminal Responsibility is a Death Sentence to Children

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*Statement of Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros delivered on the #ChildrenNotCriminals National Press Conference, February 16, 2017, Sulo Riviera Hotel, Quezon City

"Lowering the age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 9 is a death sentence to our children. By treating children in conflict with the law as hardened criminals, they could either end up dead in the hands of extrajudicial killers or the state.

They will become targets of vigilante death squads, which have already killed thousands of Filipinos or land on death row if a lowered age of criminal liability is combined with the death penalty law. Either way, they could end up dead. The government will condemn our children to a dark and sinister future with no second chance at rehabilitation.

"Of course some lawmakers, mainly those from the House of Representatives, will argue that they have no intention to create “death row kids” and that their proposal to reimpose the death penalty excludes minors. However, in the Senate, a simple review of the proposed death penalty laws reveals that none of the proposed measures have a provision exempting below 18 year olds from capital punishment. Even if they argue that children in conflict with the law are protected from death penalty under the Juvenile Justice Law, the passage of both the death penalty law and a much lowered age of criminal liability could supersede the Juvenile Justice Law. Assuming without conceding that it is a remote possibility, why would we even risk such a scenario and place our children in such a dire situation in the first place?

"If the government is really sincere in addressing the problem of children in conflict with the law, then the better alternative is to strengthen and fully implement the existing Juvenile Justice Law. It is more sustainable, humane and cost-effective.

"It’s time for the Duterte government to stop its fixation with regressive law enforcement measures and obsession with death.

"We must offer hope not death. Our children must not be delivered into the hands of extrajudicial killers or its judicial counterpart, the deadly combination of a lowered age of criminal liability and death penalty. If we are to pursue real justice, we have to understand its truest sense offers not just punishment but accountability, and a chance for reparations and rehabilitation.

Emotions Run High in the Compelling Medical Drama Chicago Med this February on Sony Channel

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Chicago Med, the compelling medical drama from executive producer Dick Wolf who also gave us Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., airs this February on Sony Channel.

Set in the emergency department of the Gaffney Chicago Medical Center, the city’s new state-of-the-art trauma center, this latest installment of the famed Chicago franchise revolves around the courageous team of doctors, nurses, and staff members who work together as they handle the most severe trauma cases every day to save patients’ lives.

Under the leadership of tough-talking hospital administrator Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson), psychiatry department chief Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) and his newfound team of Chicago heroes - first-year attending physician Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss), pediatrician Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto), trauma surgery fellow Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell), chief resident Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee), psychiatry resident Dr. Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo), and nurse April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) – put aside their petty differences and focus on their strengths to build relationships as they overcome the busy and chaotic environment that marks their day-to-day routines at the emergency department.

For viewers who can’t get enough of formulaic hospital dramas, Chicago Med is the answer as the series offers a fresh perspective on the heroic acts of modern-day saviors who are willing to sacrifice anything to save others.

Chicago Med airs weeknights at 9:45pm.

Sony Channel is available on Sky Cable Channel 35, Destiny Cable Channel 62, Cignal Channel 120, and Cablelink Channel 39.

Fortinet Introduces the World’s First Terabit Firewall Appliance and Market Leading 100 Gbps NGFW Chassis

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The FortiGate 3980E and FortiGate 7060E Both Deliver Performance Validated in Ixia’s Rigorous New CloudStorm 100GE Application and Security Testing

“Cloud computing, IoT, and a hyper-connected digital economy have been straining enterprise IT resources and rapidly increasing the performance demands required from today’s security solutions. Enterprises cannot afford to sacrifice their network performance or their security features in this highly competitive and constantly evolving landscape. Fortinet is continually innovating to deliver the highest performing and most secure solutions on the market, enabling our customers to fully leverage their technology infrastructures with the confidence that their users and data are secure.” - Ken Xie, founder, chairman of the board and chief executive officer at Fortinet

News Summary
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT), the global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, today announced new solutions that expand Fortinet’s top-tier enterprise firewalls for enterprise, data center, and service provider customers. The FortiGate 3980E is the world’s first security appliance to achieve Terabit per second (Tbps) firewall performance and the FortiGate 7060E delivers market-leading 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) of next-generation firewall throughput in a chassis form-factor.

Both enterprise firewalls leverage Fortinet’s advanced Security Processing Units (SPU) to deliver unprecedented performance, effortless scale, and superior Security Fabric defenses so large enterprises don’t have to compromise between security features or network speed disruption.

FortiGate 3980E Enterprise Firewall

Fortinet’s 3000 series of enterprises firewalls are engineered to deliver the highest firewall performance in a compact appliance form-factor. Fortinet is expanding this enterprise offering with the launch of the FortiGate 3980E enterprise firewall.

·         The FortiGate 3980E enterprise firewall is the world’s first terabit per second network security appliance – delivering 1.12 Tbps firewall performance in addition to 470 Gbps secured VPN throughput

·         The FortiGate 3980E performance is validated by Ixia’s BreakingPoint and latest CloudStorm 100GE Application and Security Test Load Module.

·         This performance enables the FortiGate 3980E to function as a data center firewall, to secure interconnectivity between data centers, or as an internal data center segmentation firewall.

·         Ideally suited for enterprises that need very high network throughput and deep inspection delivered in a compact form factor that reduces the footprint and operating costs.

·         Features 32 discrete SPUs to accelerate security and networking processes while reducing heat and energy consumption.

·         The FortiGate 3980E also hosts two GE RJ45, sixteen 1/10 GE SFP/SFP+, and ten 100 Gigabit QSFP28 ports for maximum density and flexibility.

FortiGate 7060E Enterprise Firewall

Fortinet’s new 7060E represents the most advanced enterprise firewall solution on the planet and is ideal for large enterprise, data center, and service provider deployments that cannot afford to compromise on throughput, scale, and advanced security capabilities.

·         The FortiGate 7060E enterprise firewall is a streamlined, modular, chassis-based firewall with unprecedented threat protection throughput and flexibility to suit specific deployment and usage requirements with up to four Security Processing blades for blistering NGFW and SSL performance and up to two I/O modules for maximum interface density and network bandwidth.

·         The FortiGate 7060E was also subjected to Ixia’s BreakingPoint and new CloudStorm 100GE Application and Security testing – claiming the title of the World’s Fastest NGFW with 100 Gbps of demonstrated NGFW performance, and individually delivering 160 Gbps application control, and 120 Gbps intrusion prevention throughput.

·         The FortiGate 7060E offers superior networking flexibility with up to eight 100 GE (Gigabit Ethernet) ports, sixteen 40 GE ports, or sixty-four 10 GE ports.

·         The modularity and flexibility of the 7060E, combined with high NGFW throughput enables flexible deployment options that span from the network edge to the data center core, including advanced internal segmentation firewall configurations. 

·         The FortiGate 7060E enterprise firewall is available in simplified packages with centralized pricing and licensing tied to the chassis instead of individual blades to reduce complexity and deliver enhanced price to performance.

Dennis Cox, Chief Product Officer at Ixia

“Today’s complex and increasingly hostile threat landscape has created unique challenges for enterprises looking to design and implement the very best security solutions for their organizations. Our goal at Ixia is to simplify the selection process for customers through rigorous, real-world testing of security solutions that demonstrates and validates actual effectiveness before purchase. This testing enables enterprises and carriers to quickly and easily make informed decisions and ensure that they implement solutions that best match the needs of their unique organizations.”

FortiGate 7060E and 3980E will be available by the end of the first quarter of 2017. Please contact your authorized Fortinet reseller for additional details.

Additional Resources
·         Please visit for more details about the Fortinet’s High-End FortiGate Enterprise and Data Center Security Solutions.
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·         Join the conversation on the Fortinet blog.

USA Cycling Sanctioned Race Gives Filipino Racers a Chance to Compete at The Alamo

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Last October 15th, USA Cycling sanctioned Red Bull Last Stand, a fixed-gear criterium event held at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The event marked the federation’s first foray into fixed-gear road racing, which has gained attention globally in recent years.

After the success of last year’s inaugural event, the organizers have opened up a unique opportunity for The Philippines by sending RBLS race director Ravi Rajcoomar & world-renowned cyclist Addison Zawada to host the international qualifier alongside Metro Race Collective (Organizers of the Manila Fixed Gear + Ultraman Uphill Races) & Circulo Verde.

On March 19th, Circulo Verde’s Chasedown will host the int. guest and crown The Philippine’s representative. The “Eliminator” criterium they will use will knockout the last rider who crosses the finish line last on each lap until there’s one rider left. The event will consist of four races:

·         Fixed Men (Open) ***Winner qualifiers for Red Bull Last Stand***
o   Must be 18+ | Provide PHL passport at registration | Be eligible for USA travel
·         Fixed Women (Open)
·         Geared Men (Open)
·         Geared Women (Open)

Building a Country Through Drones

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Here are the highlights of the Closing Ceremony of Impact Hub Fellowship on Innovation in Mobility in Partnership with LBC Express:

After over a year, the very first Fellowship incubation program of Impact Hub Manila in partnership with LBC Express (LBC) has come to an end with an closing ceremony in LBCx's new office located in Allegro Center, Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati. The Impact Hub Fellowship program with LBC focused on addressing issues related to mobility or logistics in the Philippines through innovative and business solutions.

Over 45 applicants sent their innovative proposals but only three finalists namely SkyEye, Food Planner, and RideWave were selected to go through the Cohort stage and receive training and mentorship. SkyEye proved to be victorious and received the grand prize worth P750,000, which includes seed funding of P320,000. SkyEye, led by Matthew Cua, developed the SkyProspecting service: an end to end service that utilizes drones, survey equipment and their own IT technology to determine the value of land and be able to easily plan, decide and audit that piece of land. Their main vision is to contribute to the economic development of the Philippines by understanding and studying the land.

According to Ces Rondario, co-founder of Impact Hub Manila, "The Fellowship was launched with a goal to match corporations with start-ups and entrepreneurs who can can shine a light on innovation and create solutions for pressing problems in the country.” Following Rondario’s opening remarks, Dino Araneta, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer of LBC, expressed his gratitude to Impact Hub Manila, SkyEye, and the finalists. "I hope the program helped everyone with their projects. It has been a productive year filled with innovative solutions for the better development of the country." 

Evia Lifestyle Center is Home to UP’s New Innovation Hub

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Evia Lifestyle Center, the south’s premiere lifestyle shopping and dining mecca, just added a new dimension to its approach to modern mall-going by opening an exciting new hub for inventive breakthroughs and learning – The University of the Philippines @Lab Innovation Hub.

The family of Vista Land Chairman Manny Villar and Senator Cynthia Villar, along with officers from the University of the Philippines (UP) recently launched this new Innovation Zone as the first phase of development for the upcoming UP Alabang Campus in Vista Alabang.

Evia Lifestyle Center currently houses this groundbreaking Innovation Zone and Incubator Hub that will, in the words of former Senate President Villar, assert UP’s role as “the most dynamic University and the leader in education in the country”. The hub, nicknamed UP @Lab (a play on words that simultaneously mean “ablaze <alab>, a futuristic hub <@Lab> and its location <ALABang>) is designed to be the first spark that will initiate the academe and industry partnerships that UP aims to create by putting up a campus in Alabang.

"UP @Lab is a dream brought to life by the Villars for UP’s student-locators because it brings us closer to accessing industry funding that makes our inventions and ideas a reality", said Dr. Luis Sison, Project Leader of Diliman-based DOST-UP Enterprise and Innovation Hub.

Cable Car Cocktails Launched on Valentine's Day

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Bloggers, online influencers and Cable Car guests enjoy the new Cable Car Cocktails as they were introduced last February 14, Valentine’s Day at Cable Car Tomas Morato.

Here are the new Cable Car Original Cocktails

· Midori Smush
· Gin Cucumber
· Whiskey got Gingered
· Spicy Mojito

and the Cable Car Classic signature Cocktails

· Punyeta
· Furolocco

These cocktails are already available on all Metro Manila branches: Makati, BGC, Tomas Morato, and Ortigas.

Mayhem Supreme!: Mike Unson's Anniversary Kick-Off Show

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Premier Filipino Stand-Up Comedian Mike Unson kick-starts his 14th Anniversary celebration of doing what he loves best with this hilarious stand-up comedy show alongside some of the Comedy Cartel's funniest comedians like Sergio Belarus, Michelle Defensor (Laugh & Stack 2015 runner up). Sherwin Cunanan (Laugh & Stack 2014 runner up) and ABS CBN's Pilipinas Got Talent Season One Finalist Ruther M. Urquia.

Hosted by Jun Christopher Bacula.

Come and celebrate Comedy Mayhem with them on February 17, 10 PM at the U-View Room at Fully Booked at the Boni High Street, BGC at the Fort!

See you there!

U 2.0: Be the Best Version of Yourself

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Less Judgement, More Potential.

Join us on February 18, 2017, at the Manila Ocean Park, the gates open at 7:30 a.m. and get ready to meet our fantastic and awesome team of resource speakers (top executive professionals; achievers here and abroad) that will help you to feel totally empowered and ready to unleash your true potential.

U 2.0: Be the Best Version of Yourself brought to you by LINKED Training and Events, Inc. in partnership with the Manila Ocean Park, and co-presented by UBER Philippines.


1. Achieving Greater Things through Effective Work-Life Balance
2. My Year of Yes
3. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
4. Strong Personal Branding and Image Building


1. Morning snacks
2. Food and Beverage (Eat-All-You-Can Lunch Buffet)
3. Manila Ocean Park Attractions
4. Seminar Kit
5. Certificate with printed name
6. Freebies and prizes from the sponsors and partners
7. Entertainment and Games

Promo Price until February 15, 2017, is Php 999 from its regular price of Php 1,200.

You may register here to avail the promo and pay it until February 16, 2017, thru BDO Savings Account Number (000 301 044 171); Account Name: MHEL P. GARCIA. Send the Deposit Slip via e-mail at to receive a confirmation.

See you there!

Korean Pop Group AxisB is Now Touring the Philippines

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AxB Entertainment, in partnership with UP Otakufest, HanRy Events & Productions, Hallyu Wave Music Productions, and Dakbayan sa KPop, is proud to present AxisB's First Philippine Promotional Tour from February 14 to March 5, 2017 in five (5) Philippine cities – Manila, Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo and Davao.

Filipino K-Pop fans will surely be in for an unforgettable Valentine’s date with K-Pop stars as AxisB takes center stage through various mall shows and fan meetings throughout the Philippines!

AxisB is a five-member Korean pop boy group under AxB Entertainment. The group debuted in South Korea on September 28, 2016 with their first digital single Curious and has consecutively staged two promotional tours in Japan after debut. Prior to their debut, they have already garnered the attention of international fans as they shared the stage with senior KPop groups VIXX and INFINITE at the Baidu Nuomi Music Festival in Nanjing, China in July 2016.

As AxisB desires to reach a wider audience, connect with more Filipino KPop fans and make memorable moments with them, AxB Entertainment has decided to stage their first promotional tour in various key cities in the Philippines. Fans should not miss this chance to experience AxisB's refreshing and unique music style, and get up close and personal with members Junghoon, Daeyoung, Doah, Juno and Honey. Attendees will have the privilege to watch them perform their hit songs from their second single album Be My Love for the first time in the Philippines.

AxisB's schedules in the five cities are as follows: February 14-17 (Manila), February 18-19 (Cebu), February 24-25 (Bacolod), February 26 (Iloilo) and March 3-4 (Davao). For more information on AxisB's mall shows and fan meetings, visit the AxisB Official Facebook page at or e-mail

The AxisB First Philippine Promotional Tour is made possible through the generous support of event partners Oomph! Radio 105.1 Cebu, Oomph Radio 97.1 Davao, K-Pub BBQ, Robinsons Land Corporation, migme, HelloKpop, Demure Sweetie, Astig, Wazzup Pilipinas, The Kitchen Mom by Dhess, Prelel Dares to Dream, This Girl Does It All, Karen Ezine, and Chasing Curious Alice.

Brainstorm 2017: An Inter-Medical School Quiz Show

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Medical schools from all over the country are excited to buzz in to prove they are number one in this year’s Brainstorm: An Inter-Medical School Quiz Show. This jeopardy-style quiz bee in basic and clinical medicine will be having its 26th run this February 24, 2017 from 5:00 to 9:00pm at the Midtown Atrium, Robinsons Place, Manila.

For 25 years, Brainstorm has provided a venue for the great minds from some of the country's most esteemed medical schools to showcase their aptitude in medicine in the spirit of a healthy competition.

The Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity and Sorority celebrates Scholarship Month 2017 this February to highlight the organization’s advocacy in promoting exemplary scholastic performance, passion in sharing knowledge and resources, as well as exemplifying academic skills and talents of future doctors all over Luzon and the Philippines.

Here is a brief rundown of exciting talks, quiz shows and events for the Scholarship Month:

EBM and BEYOND: Principles to Practice | February 1, 2017

A whole-day event which features lectures, small-group discussions and return-demonstrations on Evidence-Based Medicine, a course solely taught on the UP College of Medicine. This summit is one of the first of its kind being offered to undergraduates of medicine and the allied health professionals. It aims to disseminate to other universities the importance of this medical tool especially to our future clinicians.

Mu Scholarship Month Opening Exhibit | February 6, 2017

To officially start the Mu Scholarship Month, consultants, resident doctors and medical students of the Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity and Sorority gathered in a lively opening ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Mu Scholarship Month exhibit.

Alam Mu Ba Trivia Night | February 10, 2017

Now on its second year, Alam Mu Ba? is a trivia night for the brothers and sisters of the Mu Sigma Phi featuring general knowledge type of questions designed to test each other’s wits and acumen. Teams composed of medical students and doctors battle it out to emerge as the champion, all in the spirit of fun and kinship.

Excellence, Knowledge, Genius (EKG) | February 17, 2017

An inter-university quiz show catered to students taking up pre-medical courses. Undergraduates from different courses form groups of 3 and, together with their peers as support, join this scholastic endeavor. This aims to promote camaraderie among different medical professions.

Aklatang Mu Sigma Phi | February 18, 2017

A project which aims to bring literacy to the youth by building a public, free access library with the help of our local government and other organizations. This year, the team will continue this vision by providing text books and shelves to the Payangan Elementary School in Dinalupihan, Bataan

Medico Media | February 25, and March 4, 2017

At this time and age of modernization, the convenience of health information access via media comes with the increased danger of receiving misinformation, consequences which prove detrimental when dealing with the issue of health. Medico Media aims to develop the skill of critical thinking among media consumers, to be able to recognize correct information from misinformation, and to be responsible media users for a healthier community. 
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