Saturday, May 13, 2017

Jose Cuervo’s Hydro Laboracay

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The Islands of Boracay didn’t let the Labor Day Weekend roll by without celebrating it with one of the best parties of the summer. And smacked right in middle was Jose Cuervo® to give the party the kick-start it needed!

Together with HYDRO Manila Music Festival and the Henann Group of Resorts, Jose Cuervo® jumpstarted the Labor Day long weekend with Hydro Laboracay 2017. The two-day event was held at Henann Regency, Boracay on Saturday (April 29) and Sunday (April 30). The extensive beach front and surrounding crystal clear water made Henann Regency the perfect place to party the long weekend away.

Over 7,000 party goers attended the festivities with Top DJ acts like Ron Poe, MVRXX, Ace Ramos, and Marc Marasigan pumping up the crowd. It was a wet and wild summer party as the Hype Team and Cuervo models shot the crowd with water from a fire hose, water balloons, water guns, and even buckets while the party kept going from quality Cuervo drinks at affordable prices!

JDA Day 2017: The Next Game Changer – Optimizing Supply Chain and Logistics

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JDA Software Group, Inc., has announced its agenda for JDA DAY 2017, its annual regional user conference in Manila. Genie Technologies Inc. (GenieTech) is the diamond sponsor of JDA DAY 2017.

Hosted this year as a Southeast Asia regional conference, at Okada in Manila, May 18, JDA DAY 2017 will bring together nearly 250 supply chain professionals to network, share best practices and hear case studies of how industry leaders are delivering impressive results using JDA's innovative solutions.

The evolving non-linear supply chain model has ushered in the digital supply chain transformation journey that is underway amongst retailers, manufacturers and logistics providers.

In line with this trend, the event this year entitled “The Next Game Changer - Optimizing Supply Chain and Logistics,” will focus on the digital strategies supply chain practitioners need to develop to respond and embrace these rapid technology advancements. The event will focus on how businesses can extend their scope of optimizing supply chain planning, and on improving warehousing and logistics processes and execution in a digital world.

JDA DAY 2017 will gather leading managers from manufacturing, production, store operations, retail planning, merchandising, category management, space & floor planning, warehouse, material handling, distribution, third-party logistics (3PL), transportation, and fleet management, among others.

JDA DAY 2017 will feature sessions by Constantin Robertz, Managing Director, Zalora (Philippines) and Jonathan Mayes, JDA Users Group Vice President and SIG Chair - Dispatcher WMS, Waitrose Ltd. (part of John Lewis Partnership).

Speakers from JDA, GenieTech, as well as other industry leaders will also meet and discuss topics on the latest issues and trends in building holistic strategies suited to the supply chain landscape in the Philippines and in Asia Pacific (APAC).

Speakers also include:
  • Vishal Dhawan, Vice President, Sales at JDA responsible for sales across the company’s footprint in Southeast Asia and India. Dhawan will discuss the topic of “The New Supply Chain Imperative: expanding beyond traditional models.”
  • Kevin Hill, Industry Strategy Director in APAC on the topic of “Orchestrating Your Supply Chain with Intelligent Fulfillment;”
  • Sanjay Prakash, Solutions Advisor in APAC on the topic of “Connected and Customer-Centric Store of the Future;”
  • Patrick Viney, Vice President, Industry Strategy, Retail in APAC on the topic of “Re-Imagining Retail Planning;”
  • Alex Yap, Senior Industry Strategy Director, and Manufacturing, on the topic of “Future of Consumer Goods Manufacturing: Innovation & Emerging Best Practices.”

    Meanwhile, leaders from Dematic, Strategic Synergy Inc., and GenieTech will also share their expertise during JDA Day, including John Boe, Director for Consulting, GenieTech, who will talk about the replenishment challenges in today’s buyers’ market.

    Registration for “The Next Game Changer”: Optimizing Supply Chain Planning and Logistics is now open with limited slots only. To register and learn more about the event, visit
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Davao Aguilas FC All Set for Its First Home Game in Tagum, Davao Del Norte

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Davao Aguilas FC is all set for its first home game for the Philippines Football League (PFL), to be held at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex on Sunday, May 14, 2017. They will be going up against JPV Marikina, which was previously part of the UFL.

The team is starting to create a following in Davao and nearby provinces; and fans were seen waiting for them when they arrived at the Davao airport last Friday.

Australian Head Coach Gary Philips says, “We are excited to be here in Davao and we are looking forward to our first home game and we hope our fans will turn up in numbers and support the team. We all are excited, we can’t wait to see you on Sunday.”

Coach Gary has previously worked in 5 different countries, including the National League in Australia. He was also previously with AFC, for Coach Education and has also handled international men’s and women’s teams.

The team’s goalkeeping coach on the other hand is Australian James Fraser, renowned World Cup goalkeeper for Australia in 1974. 
The team’s impressive line-up is composed of homegrown footballers, national team players and Fil-foreign players. Local players include Team Captain Jason Cordova, John Nico Macapal, Kim Versales, Junell Bautista, Philippine Azkals standout Nate Burkey, Under 22 mainstays Van Rey Diaz and Richard Talaroc of Misamis Oriental, Princeton Josue, Davao goalkeeper Roeder Ignacio, Tagum native Alexis Cabistante, Mujer Sumail, Amir Amaikurut, Kahlil Jikiri, Justin Cheng, John Philip De Los Santos, John Resty Gumban, Gerald Layumas, Jay-Ar Bucayan, Stephen Burda and Rey Franco De La Torre. 

Fil-foreign players include Brad McDonald, Fil-American right wing Omar Khan, attacker Gilmar Fernandez, midfielder Andreas Esswein, Serbian goalkeeper Marko Trkulja, striker Nikola Grubjesic, defender Milos Krstic and Dylan De Bruycker, who scored the first goal for the team in last weekend’s match against Ilocos United. 
Tickets are still available at the stadium. You can also get free tickets when you register at

Seabiscuit Films Creates World-Class Bitesize Delectable Food and Travel Videos

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If you’re a foodie and a cooking enthusiast, you’ve probably scrolled through Erwan Heussaff’s Tastemade videos with Mari Jasmin. Or you saw yourself in him by watching his Youtube Overnight videos featuring several renowned global tourists’ spots. So, let us bring you to the source of them all, Seabiscuit Films.

Born out of frustration, Seabiscuit took upon itself to produce lifestyle videos that are not run-of-the-mill. Some of their projects are poised as mini-docu series that tackles the simple and good life of food and travel. They take pride in making videos that push for original content that will not just make their clients proud, but will also distinguish them as a world-class Filipino product company. 

Even with a lean team, the production company enabled them to snag opportunities to work with big media companies like CNN Philippines, Fox International Channels, Discovery Network, McCann World Group, BBDO Guerrero, Ogilvy & Mather, Meralco, Globe, Unilever, Nestle, and Selecta. Their portfolio is the testament to quality output that ranges from content development, TV Shows, web shows, commercials, corporate and animated videos, as bespoke as possible. The production company also does short feature films as well.

With its zeal for visual storytelling and collaborative efforts, the production company also opens its doors to like-minded individuals and groups at their Back Room space. Back Room is a creative, dynamic space that can transform to your needs and requirements. It’s a place where great ideas can be born. It’s a place where interests can intersect. It is often used for workshops, seminars, talks, art shows, bazaars, screenings, yoga classes, healing modalities, mini-fairs to name a few.

Currently, it’s an open space with a long table and chairs, and a comfortable seating area. The space is air-conditioned and the vibe is relaxed yet dynamic. Seabiscuit Films is always hungry for a challenge. The company stands by its quality made films and shorts that are solutions to a myriad of commercial, corporate, artistic, and, even, personal needs!

To know more, visit and follow @seabiscuitfilms on Instagram and Twitter.

Benilde Teams Up with La Salette for Free Workshops in Dagupan

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Volunteers from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde recently conducted free summer training workshops at the Escuela de Nuestra Señora de La Salette in Dagupan City. 
Benilde, through the Center for Social Action (CSA) office led by its director, Leo Cortes, and La Salette, represented by its president, Marianne Tan-Lor, partnered in the Summer of Service (SOS) 2017 program to provide free training and workshop to teachers, staff and students of the De La Salle-supervised school at Tapuac District. 
In the spirit of volunteerism, service and collaboration, Benildeans provided skills-based services to La Salette from April 17 to 27. CSA matched the skills of SOS participants to the training needs of its partner school. 
Anna Aqui, who works as a Counselor for Multimedia Arts at the DLS-CSB Center for Counseling Services, handled Personality Development for La Salette teachers and staff led by Principal Sonia Tandingan-Camacho and Student Services Director Rustan DV. Indong. 
“I signed up for SOS to share what I know about positive psychology and student well-being in schools, learn more about myself and be of service to other communities,” Aqui said. 

IFEX Philippines Spotlights top EU Brands on May 19-21

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Ten leading companies from the European Union (EU) is set to showcase their food products in the much-awaited 11th edition of IFEX Philippines on May 19-21 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) and the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC).

The Department of Trade and Industry, through its Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM), presents in IFEX Philippines the top food brands and technologies from EU states, including Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, and The Netherlands.

“Since IFEX Philippines is the Asia’s premier ethnic and ingredients show, exhibiting companies from Europe are in a strategic position to penetrate the lucrative Eastern Asian market,” says DTI-CITEM Executive Director Clayton Tugonon.

EU became IFEX Philippines’ first international partner region through a collaboration between DTI-CITEM and the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) and EU-Philippines Business Network (EPBN).

Under the EU Pavilion, 10 companies representing EU are Black Pepper Limited, Düringer Fleischkontor, Foodsniffer, Imepa B.V., Asia Banff International Trading Corporation, Mlekoma, Nestle Philippines, AInc., PW Partners, and Sante and Union de Guyenne Boxdeaux. Through its embassy, Poland will also have its own country exhibit to promote their products.

PHL-China Closer Ties Opens More Trade Opportunities for Agri-Exporters in IFEX Philippines

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“There is a lot of interest from the Chinese market lately because of the ‘Duterte factor.’ The Philippine-China relationship has been growing really fast, it’s now at a golden era. We should capture this momentum. It’s an opportunity to promote to Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xiamen, Beijing, including HK and Macau,” explained Antonio Tiu, chairman and CEO of AgriNurture, Inc., and one of the country’s agri-export pioneers participating in the 11th edition of IFEX Philippines on May 19-21 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM).

Based on China’s National Bureau of Statistics, food imports in China have recorded an annual average growth of almost 15 percent in the past five years. By 2018, China is expected to become the top importer of foreign food products, with the total value of food imports set to reach RMB 480 billion (US$77 billion).

“In the upcoming IFEX Philippines, more exporters are excited to venture in the Chinese market now that the economic superpower is considered as the world’s biggest food importer,” said DTI-CITEM Executive Director Clayton Tugonon. “Philippine companies have an edge in capitalizing on China’s huge food demand, thanks to the latest diplomatic arrangements brought by the efforts of President Rodrigo Duterte.”

China has surpassed the United States to become the world’s largest importer of agricultural products, according to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Even with 500 million farmers, China has been unable to meet the country’s growing demand for agricultural products.

Last March, China signed an agreement to buy USD 1.7 billion worth of fruits and other agricultural products from the Philippines. On February, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua also encouraged the Philippines to pr oduce more dried mangoes to meet the "insatiable" demand in their country.

Ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Beijing last year, China has lifted restrictions on banana, and pineapple exports; and welcomed exports of Philippine mangoes, coconut and dragon fruit as well as lapu-lapu (grouper), crabs, shrimps, prawns, tuna and bangus (milk fish). Led by Duterte, Philippine delegation also managed to secure a commitment from China to finance $24 billion worth of investment projects and credit facilities for the Philippines.

JC Santos, Resorts World Manila’s ‘Annie,’ Red Turnip’s ‘Tribes’ Triumph in 9th Gawad Buhay

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JC Santos, the young Dulaang UP-trained theater actor who became a TV sensation last year when he was cast as the third wheel to the James Reid-Nadine Lustre tandem in the ABS-CBN teleserye “Till I Met You,” won the Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Play for Red Turnip’s “Constellations” at the 9th Gawad Buhay, held at the CCP Little Theater this evening.

His co-star in “Constellations,” Cris Villonco, won the Outstanding Female Lead Performance in a Play honors, while the play itself, directed by Rem Zamora, was adjudged Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Play.

The Gawad Buhay, the Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts, on its ninth year celebrated not only the best performance and technical achievements of its member-companies’ productions in 2016; it also conferred the Natatanging Gawad Buhay for Lifetime Achievement to stalwart actor-directors Soxie Topacio and Joy Virata.

Topacio and Virata are pioneering members and pillars of their respective theater companies, the Philippine Educational Theater Association and Repertory Philippines, both of which are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The twin milestone achievement for Philippine theater was a focal point of celebration at the evening’s ceremonies, which also featured a segment jointly honoring Peta founder Cecile Guidote-Alvarez and Rep co-founder Baby Barredo.

The ceremonies were hosted by Jon Santos.

Krystal Brimner, the child actress who appeared as John Lloyd Cruz’ daughter in the Erik Matti thriller “Honor Thy Father,” was adjudged Outstanding Female Lead Performance in a Musical for her turn in “Annie.” The classic Broadway musical, mounted by the Full House Theater Company of Resorts World Manila, won four other awards: Outstanding Female Featured Performance for Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Outstanding Stage Direction for a Musical for director Michael Williams, and Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical and Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Musical.

Jef Flores scored an unprecedented back-to-back Gawad Buhay win by copping the Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Musical for his turn as the young pre-“Rent” Jonathan Larson in 9 Works Theatrical’s “Tick, Tick... Boom!” Only last year, he was the Outstanding Male Lead recipient in the play counterpart for Red Turnip’s “This Is Our Youth.”

In dance, Rita Winder of Ballet Philippines also notched a rare double nomination—Outstanding Female Lead Performance in Modern Dance for “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko,” a dance-musical that featured the music of the 70’s band VST & Co; and Female Lead Performance in Classical Dance, for “Firebird and Other Ballets.”

The trophy for Outstanding Female Featured Performance for Modern Dance went to dance legend Edna Vida, for “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko,” eliciting some of the evening’s loudest cheers.

The most honored production of the night was also in dance—Ballet Philippines’ “Firebird and Other Ballets,” which went home with seven trophies.

Tying with “Annie’s” five wins was Red Turnip’s “Tribes,” which garnered nods for, among others, Outstanding Stage Direction for a Play for Topper Fabregas, and for the featured performances of Angela Padilla and Teroy Guzman. Peta’s “3 Stars and a Sun,” meanwhile, a musical that employed the music of the late rap artist Francis Magalona, earned four wins, including Outstanding Original Musical and for its libretto by Mixkaela Villalon and Rody Vera.


Outstanding Original Libretto
Mixkaela Villalon and Rody Vera, “3 Stars and a Sun” (Peta)

Outstanding Translation or Adaptation
Rolando Tinio, “Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-araw” (Tanghalang Pilipino)

Outstanding Musical Direction
Myke Salomon, “3 Stars and a Sun” (Peta)

Outstanding Original Musical Composition
Malek Lopez, “Opera” (Ballet Philippines)

Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production
Carlo Pacis, “Weighted Whispers”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Outstanding Choreography for a Play or Musical
PJ Rebullida, “American Idiot” (9 Works Theatrical)

Outstanding Costume Design
Gino Gonzales, “3 Stars and a Sun” (Peta)

Outstanding Lighting Design
John Batalla, “Almost, Maine” (Repertory Philippines)

Outstanding Sound Design
Teresa Barrozo, “Tribes” (Red Turnip Theater)

Outstanding Set Design
Mio Infante, “American Idiot” (9 Works Theatrical)

Female Lead Performance in a Play
Cris Villonco, “Constellations” (Red Turnip Theater)

Male Lead Performance in a Play
JC Santos, “Constellations” (Red Turnip Theater)

Female Featured Performance in a Play
Angela Padilla, “Tribes” (Red Turnip Theater)

Male Featured Performance in a Play
Teroy Guzman, “Tribes” (Red Turnip Theater)

Female Lead Performance in a Musical
Krystal Brimner, “Annie” (Full House Theater Company)

Male Lead Performance in a Musical
Jef Flores, “Tick, Tick… Boom” (9 Works Theatrical)

Female Featured Performance in a Musical
Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, “Annie” (Full House Theater Company)

Male Featured Performance in a Musical
Ariel Reonal, “Tick, Tick…Boom” (9 Works Theatrical)

Female Lead Performance in Modern Dance
Rita Winder, “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko” (Ballet Philippines)

Male Lead Performance in Modern Dance
JM Cordero, “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko” (Ballet Philippines)

Female Featured Performance in Modern Dance
Edna Vida, “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko” (Ballet Philippines)

Male Featured Performance in Modern Dance
Erl Sorilla, “Simoun” (Ballet Philippines)

Female Lead Performance in Classical Dance
Rita Winder, “Firebird”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Male Lead Performance in Classical Dance
Rudy de Dios, “Cinderella” (Ballet Manila)

Female Featured Performance in Classical Dance
Denise Parungao, “Firebird”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Male Featured Performance in Classical Dance
Cyril Fallar, “Firebird”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Outstanding Modern Dance Production
“Weighted Whispers”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Outstanding Classical Dance Production
“Firebird”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Outstanding Stage Direction for a Play
Topper Fabregas, “Tribes” (Red Turnip Theater)

Outstanding Stage Direction for a Musical
Michael Williams, “Annie” (Full House Theater Company)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Play
“Tribes” (Red Turnip Theater)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical
“Annie” (Full House Theater Company)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Modern Dance
“Weighted Whispers”/from “Firebird and Other Ballets” (Ballet Philippines)

Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Play
“Constellations” (Red Turnip Theater)

Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Musical
“Annie” (Full House Theater Company)

Outstanding Musical—Original or Translation/Adaptation
“3 Stars and a Sun” (Peta)

Natatanging Gawad Buhay
Joy Virata (Repertory Philippines)

Soxie Topacio (Peta)

Photo by Jaypee Maristaza

Tugade to Investors: Safety, Transparency, No Corruption—Pillars of Dutertenomics

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As the Philippines ushers in the Golden Age of Infrastructure, Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade encouraged investors to do business in the country and assured them of a level playing field without corruption.

In a joint press briefing held before the opening plenary of the World Economic Forum held in Cambodia, economic managers and infrastructure agencies presented the grand infrastructure plan of the Duterte administration called BuildBuildBuild as part of DuterteNomics—the government’s economic agenda. Secretary Tugade said that the aggressive infrastructure push will be supplemented with transparency and accountability.

“Come to the Philippines, we’ll take care of your investments. We create a scenario wherein you get a fair return on your investment because we have a safe, secure, transparent and accountable government, and principally, no corruption. We will give you a level playing field,” Tugade said.

Tugade said the government will make full use of technology to eradicate corruption especially during the bidding process, which he said is already being aired live on social media. He also shared that big-ticket projects under the Build Build Build program may be monitored via a transparency portal (, a real-time tool where progress of projects can be tracked.

He added that investors can count on President Duterte to be uncompromising when it comes to corruption.

“The president will not allow corruption in any form, in any shape. President Duterte will be uncompromising when it comes to corruption,” Tugade said. “That is what the President is impressing in every one of us. So that the businessmen will be assured of a level playing field and a safe and secure place of business.”

The Duterte administration seeks to increase public spending on infrastructure to 5.4% of the Gross Domestic Product in 2017, the highest in more than two decades. The move is consistent with President Rodrigo Duterte’s socioeconomic agenda, which aims to reduce poverty from 26.3% in 2015 to 17% by 2022.

Among the high-impact projects presented by the DOTr are new railway networks including the country’s first subway system, development of new and existing airports, maritime developments including the country’s first barge terminal, and other efficient mass transportation systems.

DOTr to Prioritize Institutionalization of Road Safety Initiatives

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In celebration of the Global Road Safety Week, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced various road safety initiatives of the government to minimize the number of fatal road crashes in the Philippines.

With speed as the Global Road Safety Week’s focus, as expressed in its theme: Save Lives #SlowDown, the DOTr announced two new policies targeting speed as a road safety risk factor.

In a Road Safety forum organized by ImagineLaw last May 9, DOTr Assistant Secretary Mark Richmund De Leon announced that the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 10916 or the Road Speed Limiter Act of 2016, which requires Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) to install devices designed to limit the maximum speed of vehicles, has been completed and is set to be released in the coming weeks.

A joint memorandum circular on speed limit setting and enforcement will also be issued jointly by the DOTr, DILG and DPWH. With this, the DOTr hopes to increase speed enforcement activities in the Philippines when more LGUs enact and enforce speed limit ordinances. The joint circular also contains coordination mechanisms to allow LGUs to lower speed limits on national roads with high pedestrian mix, such as school zones and market areas.

Apart from these speed-related initiatives, Asec. De Leon announced that the DOTr has recently signed the Implementing Rules and Regulatons of Republic Act No. 10666 or the Safety of Children Aboard Motorcycles Act, and Republic Act No. 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act. The Safety of Children Aboard Motorcycles Act prohibits children who cannot reach the foot peg of a motorcycle and cannot fully hold on to the driver, from riding motorcycles on thoroughfares with high traffic volumes. Meanwhile, the Anti-Distracted Driving Act prohibits the use of electronic devices while driving.

The Data for Road Incident Visualization Evaluation and Reporting (DRIVER) System, an open-source online platform developed by the DOTr in partnership with the WorldBank, was also presented during the Global Road Safety Week celebration. The program aims to improve road crash data collection and analysis to enable government to introduce more strategic and timely road safety interventions. LGUs will also be able to use the DRIVER System for evaluation, monitoring and local road safety policy-making. With the joint circular and linkages with other government agencies, the DOTr hopes to extend the coverage of the system, from Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Dipolog to the rest of the country.

To highlight the Global Road Safety Week celebration, representatives from government agencies, civil society organizations, the academe and other stakeholders, signed a declaration of commitment to improve speed limit enforcement in the Philippines.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

3 Start-Ups Provide Innovative Solutions On Energy

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Closing Ceremony of the Impact Hub Fellowship on Sustainable Energy Solutions in Partnership with WWF and PEF, and supported by ADB.

After over a year, the second Fellowship incubation program of Impact Hub Manila, in partnership with Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and supported by Asian Development Bank (ADB), has come to an end with a closing ceremony last April 18. The Impact Hub Fellowship program focused on addressing the need for sustainable energy solutions by looking for promising entrepreneurs who deliver innovative products or services related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, access to energy, energy systems and energy consumption reduction.

Above photo shows Impact Hub Manila co-founder Mathias Jaeggi opens the ceremony with an inspiring speech.

Out of more than 50 applicants, only three winners were selected namely, HiGi Energy, CleverHeat and Solar Solutions, and went through an intensive 2-month cohort or accelerator program called KICK, where they received training and mentorship. Moreover, they received seed funding of Php500,000.00 each, as well as access to the coworking space and community of Impact Hub Manila. 

The three start-ups shared their journeys and accomplishments in the past year:

HiGi Energy

HiGi converts water hyacinths -- commonly known as pest plants -- and agricultural wastes into cooking energy such as briquettes. Their mission is to give access to affordable, sustainable and clean energy for low-income communities. Leon Kee and Hazel Pajotagana share, “We see ourselves redefining the charcoal industry, and to date we've sold 10,000 pieces in rural areas. We launched visibility in Manila, joined by Reuters, Impact Hub Manila, and International Speakers. We were recognized for the TAYO award, as well as given the Smart Innovation award. We even attracted the attention of ABS-CBN's Atom Araullo for Atom day.” 

Solar Solutions

Solar Solutions provides solar energy facilities focused on empowering local communities by providing them lighting, water purification, mobile charging and refrigeration systems. Raffy Concepcion and Rey Guerrero share, “We were able to partner with the NGO Kasagana Ka - they'll be including the solar sari-sari store in their line of products. .... We were able to meet key partners and referrals because of Impact Hub Manila, ADB, PEF, and WWF. “


CleverHeat gives access to affordable and sustainable heat-driven refrigeration for farmers, fishermen, and small businesses, significantly cutting down electric consumption and reducing costs. Brian Tan Seng shares, “In Benguet, we saw five truck loads of organic wastes produced every day. It was a chance for us to plug in our solutions such as waste management and post-harvest food waste. Since they didn't want to make use of appliances, such as refrigerators, due to the high cost of electricity, we can provide them with a solution, our solution [in collaboration with Kitchen Energy.]”

The three start-up winners with the Impact Hub Manila co-founders and WWF and PEF representatives.

Represented by WWF and PEF during the ceremony were Attorney Gia Ibay and Ding Fuellos, respectively. Both speakers thanked Impact Hub Manila and the winners for the partnership and opportunity to work on renewable energy.

“We've been looking forward to this for so long. Despite the fact that we're a country filled with conservation, a fruitful collaboration for renewable energy would not have happened without this partnership. Hopefully, the Philippines will prosper even more in this department as well as be a more weather-resilient country in the future,” says Attorney Ibay of WWF.

Impact Hub Manila will be holding its third fellowship program soon this year focused on sustainable energy solutions in partnership with WWF, PEF, ADB and HSBC. Stay tuned for updates on the application period by following Impact Hub Manila on Facebook or subscribing to the newsletter. For more info, visit

Impact Hub Manila offers coworking spaces, incubation programs, corporate innovation workshops, and a vibrant learning community. Locally rooted and globally connected, Impact Hub continues to dominate the coworking industry as the largest global network of entrepreneurs with 15,000+ members in 101 Impact Hubs around the world. In partnership with KMC Solutions, Impact Hub Manila offers 6 key locations in Metro Manila for coworking or office space. This allows flexibility and convenience to entrepreneurs and startups who are passionate in collaborating to create an impact. Members can choose their preferred homebase (location) and move around other Impact Hub coworking spaces with no additional costs.

DOTr's Statement of Clarification on New Policy for Clark Airport

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Statement of Clarification

11 May 2017

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) wishes to clarify an erroneous news report stating that the building of a new terminal at Clark International Airport will proceed without public bidding.

What transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said was that they will no longer entertain unsolicited proposals for the project first, and just bid out the operations and maintenance of the airport in the future.

Secretary Tugade also mentioned that he prefers that the government first develops Clark Airport, rather than risk delays in the event a bidding involving private sector players would lead to litigation that would eventually place the project on hold.

This “hybrid” mode of implementation means that the government will not entertain multi-billion peso offers to develop Clark airport and develop it on its own before bidding out the Operation and Maintenance component. This will enable government to fast-track projects without the risk of delay brought about by possible lawsuits filed by losing bidders.

Further, Tugade said Megawide-GMR and JG Summit-Filinvest will be informed of the new policy.

The development of the Clark International Airport now falls under the jurisdiction and responsibility of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), and remains to be one of the priority infrastructure projects of the Duterte administration. The BCDA targets to open the new terminal by 2019.

3 Selected Teams Get A Chance to Fly to Switzerland for Kickstart: The Swiss Accelerator

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Being recognized internationally for a groundbreaking business idea is every entrepreneur’s dream. And this dream may come true for three startups from the Philippines and India: Ascendant Technologies Inc. (Philippines), HDC Agri (Philippines), and Fat Cat Robotics (India), as they have an advantage to be shortlisted and fly halfway across the world to Switzerland to participate in Kickstart: The Swiss Accelerator, an 11-week program that will help scale their promising business ideas related to one of the program’s pillars: Food, FinTech, Healthcare, Robotics and Intelligent Systems and Smart Cities.

Photo above shows the start-ups, Ascendant Technologies Inc. and MachiBox Inc., get mentored by John Lagdameo (Director, JGSOM Business Resource Center, ADMU).

Impact Hub Manila, an incubator and co-working space provider, is the outreach partner for Asia of the Kickstart: The Swiss Accelerator, one of Europe’s largest multi-corporate, zero-equity technology accelerators. As part of this regional campaign, Impact Hub Manila hosted a Roadshow event where 12 teams were pre-selected to get training from three mentors and to showcase their innovative solutions to a jury panel.

“Being part of the largest global network of entrepreneurship and innovation centers, we partner with international organizations and Impact Hubs across the world to give opportunities for Philippine startups and entrepreneurs to showcase their talents,” shares LizAn Kuster, Co-Founder of Impact Hub Manila.

We believe Filipinos have the skills and knowledge to be part of the growing startup scene in a global scale and so Impact Hub creates the platform for them through collaboration,” adds Ces Rondario, Co-founder of Impact Hub Manila.

The Roadshow Event is in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland in the Philippines, in celebration of the 60th year of Diplomatic Relations between Switzerland and the Philippines. This collaboration is born out of the commitment of the Swiss Embassy to harness creativity, and support enterprising solutions. Deputy Head of Mission Raoul Imbach represented the Embassy of Switzerland in the event as one of the judges. He is a big supporter of the entrepreneurship landscape in the country.

I Can Sing in Japanese! Spring 2017’ and ‘Your Home is My Business! Returns

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This May, Sony GEM brings back all the drama that unfolds with the return of two popular shows - the Finals of the Spring 2017 edition of Nippon Television Network Corporation’s (Nippon TV) singing competition I Can Sing in Japanese!, and the sequel to the highly acclaimed drama Your Home is My Business! Returns.

Filipino singing sensation Krissha Viaje, who won the Asian search of I Can Sing In Japanese! in February, will make her debut in the international stage as she showcases her singing prowess in her own rendition of a hit Japanese song, together with 11 other finalists representing the U. S. A., Belgium, Norway, Argentina, Chile, and from other parts of the world.

This season’s panel of judges consists of R&B and pop singer May J, singer-songwriter Tatsuya Ishii, and famed musician Tetsuya Komuro, who is widely regarded as one of the most successful producers in the Japanese music industry.

Now on its seventh year, the latest edition of the prestigious competition will be hosted by multi-talented artiste, Nakai Masahiro and TV announcer Yukari Nishio. 

DOTr - PPA Moves Toward the Use of Renewable Energy in its Ports Nationwide

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr), through the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), is pursuing the use of renewable energy in all its controlled ports nationwide in a bid to reduce the carbon footprints from ports and to to be at par with international maritime stakeholders.

The “Green Port” project is in accordance with the 25-year port development roadmap adopted by Philippine port stakeholders in a summit held in April this year.

This is also a commitment of the PPA to the Ambisyon Natin 2040 program adopted by the current administration.

“Our international shipping counterparts have already agreed to reduce carbon emissions by a certain percentage in the next decade or so and it is only fitting to do the same in our ports,” says PPA Assistant General Manager for Operations Hector E. Miole.

“The initial outlay might be overwhelming, but its long-term effect to the financial aspect and environmental conservation outweighs all of that,” he added.

For a start, the PPA will replace all its existing fluorescent, incandescent lamps, and bulbs with LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lights in its Corporate Office Building by the middle of this month.

PPA is likewise making an inventory of all streetlights from the South Harbor Expanded Port Zone, the access roads going to its VTMS control tower, as well as the PPA offices at the South Harbor and the North Harbor.

The agency is looking at forging a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Philippine National Oil Company-Renewable Corporation (PNOC-RC) in enforcing this notable project.

Under the proposed MOA, PNOC-RC will provide technical expertise, review and design for the best kind of renewable energy sources, which will be used by the PPA in bidding out the said project. The result of the review is expected to be operational in 6 months upon signing of the MOA. The PPA, for its part, will determine the initial ports that will undergo the same ‘greening’ project.

Initially, the PNOC-RC is offering a guaranteed 100-kilowatt solar panel to be installed at the PPA Head Office, which is enough to cover at least a third of the agency’s lighting requirements. The facility, however, will still be connected to the current electric grid system to source out the remaining power requirement of the office.

Aside from the ‘Greening project’, the 25-year Development Roadmap also includes plans for cruise shipping, industrial ports/zoning management, long-term infrastructure development, inter-connectivity, and supply chain development.

Own the Racetrack: Suzuki GSX-R1000R Invitational Test Ride

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The King of Sportbikes is about to reach the Philippine shores and Wheeltek Motor Sales Corporation together with Suzuki Philippines Inc. are making sure that the preparation is set for the royal arrival by gathering two of the country’s most esteemed sportbike riders to put the most awesome GSX-R ever produced to test.

Fresh from testing with Team Suzuki Ecstar, the two GSX-R1000R units were flown from Australia for its debut appearance in the Philippines at the 11th IR Bike Fest and Trade Show. Following this, the country became the first ASEAN nation to test ride the unit. One of the two GSX-R1000Rs was ridden by Philippine Superbikes Champions Miguel Bichara and Anthony Roman at Clark International Speedway (CIS) wherein they would prove that this machine has got what it takes to own the racetrack.

Miguel Bichara is a renowned Superbikes Champion in the Philippines. In 2008, he won the Philippine Superbikes Championship title for Masters Class category with his GSX-R1000 (2006 model). Bichara is considered as an elite superbike rider who races in the country and abroad. He is also a certified motorcycle instructor.  Anthony Roman also known as the Roman Emperor, on the other hand is a well-known underbone racer in the country before shifting to Superbikes. He is a pioneer in the MotoIR category of the Inside Racing Grand Prix. In 2012, Roman won the Philippine Superbike Championships title for the Novice category. He was raced alongside the legend Maico Buncio.

The event ran on individual testing and had it in two parts for the riders – the calibrating lap and the race lap which were all supervised by Team Suzuki Philippines and Wheeltek’s Service Group. Bichara rode the bike first followed by Roman. Superbike riders in the Philippine media were also able to test the unit namely – Maynard Marcelo for C! magazine, Joey Rivero of Driven2Ride and Lifestyle on Wheels TV, John Defensor of Inside Racing and Torque magazines and Aris Ilagan of TopGear Philippines. A press interview was also hosted during lunch to discuss about the performance of the bike.

Energy Efficient ASEAN

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The Department of Energy (DOE) hosted the 21st Annual Meeting of the ASEAN Energy Efficiency and Conservation Sub-Sector Network (EEN&C-SSN) and Associated Meetings at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on 2-5 May 2017. With Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi (center) are (L-R) Ms. Rabiah Al Adawiyah T. Hussein (ASEAN Secretariat); Ms. Maria-Jose Poddey, ASEAN-German Energy Programme (GIZ); Mr. Amphilin Sengsoulin, Mr. Xaysavanh Latthachak (Lao PDR); Mr. Hamizan Bin Husain (Malaysia); Undersecretary Jesus Cristino P. Posadas (DOE); Dr. Sanjayan Velautham, Executive Director (ACE); Mr. Sarat Prakobchat, EE&C-SSN Coordinator (Thailand); Ms. Aye Kay Khaing Soe (Myanmar); Director Patrick T. Aquino (DOE); Mr. Watcharin Boonyarit (Thailand); Dr. Francisca Indarsiani, Cowater International (Canada); Ms. Kathleen Lim Dematera, Clean Air Asia (GIZ). Not in picture: Ms. Emily McQualter (UNEP); Mr. Takashi Kanazawa and Mr. Yoshitaka Ushio (Energy Conservation Centre, Japan).

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

All-New Season of Space Adventure Series “Killjoys” Premieres on AXN this May

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Sci-fi drama returns Thursdays at 9:45pm

The hunt continues as AXN brings more of the space action and adventure in the new season of Killjoys which premieres this May.

The futuristic world of interplanetary bounty hunters Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), Johnny (Aaron Ashmore), and D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) becomes complicated when they find themselves in the middle of a brewing conflict that threatens to destabilize the galaxy.

Their situation becomes even more aggravated when D’avin has been kidnapped by Dutch’s childhood mentor, Khlyen (Rob Stewart), and joins the ranks of their enemies out to challenge them in their sworn duty to protect the Quad, their planetary system.

As they continue to pursue deadly warrants, Dutch and Johnny embark on a new mission to rescue their brother-in-arms and unravel Khlyen’s mysterious agenda.

With their pasts coming back to haunt them, the battle-hardened space marshals will have to work hard to keep themselves, and their friends, alive.

Killjoys Season 2 airs every Thursday at 9:45pm.

AXN is available on SKYCable Channel 49, Destiny Cable Channel 61, Cignal Channel 121, Dream Satellite TV Channel 20, G Sat Channel 51, and Cablelink Channel 38. AXN HD is available on SKYCable Channel 247.

Volkswagen PH Introduces Jetta, Golf GTS

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Volkswagen Philippines will release by end of May two new versions of its passenger cars, the Jetta and the Golf GTS. This move is in line with its 2017 goal of doubling the record-breaking sales output in 2016, thus solidifying its leading position among European brands.

Later this month, Filipinos will get the chance to bring home the new version of Volkswagen Philippines’ number one-selling sedan in 2016, the Jetta

In six generations, the Jetta has sold over 14 million units worldwide, making it among the most successful sedans in the German marquee’s history. Each Jetta that rolls out of the assembly is “Made for Everyday Driving,” with its stylish looks, feature-packed amenities, and remarkable comfort features. In the Philippines, the Jetta will be available in four variants: The Business Edition+, Business Edition, Highline, and Comfortline.

Being the only diesel model in the segment, its advanced technology and safety features reinforce the Jetta’s value-for-money proposition.

The Business Edition+ and Business Edition are equipped with Bi-Xenon headlights, Adaptive Front Lighting System, and LED daytime running lights. The 17” Lancaster alloy wheels and front fog lights are also available in the Highline. Standard for all variants is the sunroof.

In the interior, the Business Edition+, Business Edition, and Highline feature the Fender 8-speaker sound system, dual zone Climatronic air-conditioning, rain sensor, and 6-way power driver seat plus lumbar adjust. Standard for all variants are leather seats, Keyless-Go with Push Start and the 5.8” Touchscreen Color Display Audio.

Safety highlights for the Business Edition+ include the Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Alert with Lane Assist, and Front Assist with Forward Collision Warning.

The Jetta is powered by a 2.0-liter Turbo-charged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engine mated to a 6-speed DSG transmission system which generates 150Ps of power at 3,500-4,200 rpm and a class-leading 340Nm of torque at 1,750-3,000 rpm.

Available exterior colors for the Jetta are Black, Platinum Gray, Toffee Brown, Cardinal Red Metallic, Reflex Silver, Blue Silk, Pure White, and Moon Rock Silver. Black interior is offered for all while beige interior is also available for the Business Edition+, Business Edition and Highline.

For all these features, the Jetta is priced at P1.1 million for the Comfortline, P1.2 million for the Highline, P1.25 million for the Business Edition and P1.3 million for the Business Edition+.

Along with the Jetta, the new Golf GTS will be available later this month. In over seven generations of production, the Golf has sold over 30 million units, even overtaking the well-loved Beetle. In the Philippines, the Golf GTS comes in as the only diesel model in its segment.

Let’s #TestMNL This May!

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Leading advocacy group on HIV Testing and Treatment, LoveYourself, Inc., started on Labor Day in Boracay its series of activation and HIV testing activities this month of May through its TestMNL ( and Philippine Business Sector Response (PBSR) programs.

A TestMNL ambassador, together with LoveYourself volunteers in the booths, engages the youth passing by in the alleys of Boracay to provide HIV 101 education during the Labor Day weekend.

“We prepared a series of activities this May to instill in the consciousness of the key target populations the importance of taking care of one’s self, especially in terms of their sexual health,” said LoveYourself Executive Director Ronivin G. Pagtakhan.

Pagtakhan informed “Last March, there are 968 new cases of HIV infection according to the latest Department of Health data, which inspires us to stand firm on our advocacy to resolve this still evolving problem.”

On 28 April to 1 May, the TestMNL team, supported by BLISS, initially went to the majestic island of Boracay during the #LaBoracay2017 weekend to raise awareness on HIV and AIDS among the tourists who flocked in the island.

Creating a major buzz on its straight forward campaign tagline: Suck F*#k Test Repeat, Pagtakhan clarified “The tagline is blunt, because we want to emphasize to the people the importance of repeating the test and protecting themselves more than anything else. Many people are still stigmatized, so we needed an aggressive campaign to rally against this disease.”

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

One Championship Announces Two Additional Bouts to One: Dynasty of Warriors

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The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship (ONE), has just announced two additional bouts to complete a stacked fight card at ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES set for the Singapore Indoor Stadium this 26 May. Former world title challenger Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio of Baguio City, Philippines is scheduled for a highly-anticipated rematch against Anatpong “Mak” Bunrad of Thailand. Also, Indonesian National Grappling Champion Jeremy Meciaz makes his ONE Championship debut against Chen “Rock Man” Lei.

ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES features a spectacular main event bout with ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee of Singapore taking on rising star Istela Nunes of Brazil. In the co-main event of the evening, ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren returns to the ONE Championship cage to defend his title against young Malaysian welterweight standout Agilan “Alligator” Thani. All four fighters have unblemished professional records.

Flyweight competitor Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio is one of the most efficient wushu practitioners in the Philippines. His solid striking and grappling skillset has led him to big wins over the course of his career in ONE Championship. Training in the high altitudes of Baguio City, Eustaquio hones his craft with his world-class teammates at the famed Team Lakay. Known for his ability to keep his composure while facing adversity, Eustaquio is set to do battle against Anatpong Bunrad in a highly-anticipated rematch.

Anatpong Bunrad is one of the most talented offensive fighters in the promotion. He defeated highly-regarded Filipino flyweight Geje Eustaquio in their first encounter at ONE: VALOR OF CHAMPIONS in 2015, taking a razor thin split decision. Bunrad utilizes lightning quick and powerful strikes to subdue his opponents, but also possesses solid submission skills to round out his overall game. He is set to face Eustaquio once again in a rematch of their epic clash.

Unbeaten 28-year-old Chen “Rock Man” Lei of Changsha, China is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner and the Shanghai Open BJJ Champion. His ability to grapple has led Chen to four straight victories as a professional martial artist. Chen’s opponent, 25-year-old Indonesian National Grappling Champion Jeremy “Predator” Meciaz is making his professional debut. Both fighters are talented grapplers with unique styles, and are great additions to the growing ONE Championship roster. The two are set to face off on the preliminary card of ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES at a catchweight of 69.0kg.

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Galleria Duemila Proudly Presents Form | Kata by Roberto Robles

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Roberto M. A. Robles Form 
Kata Recent Works
Post-Sculpture Works
Anthropocentric View 

EXHIBITION RUN: May 6–27, 2017

Roberto M. A. Robles, returns to the basicity of form and examines a piece as a post-sculptural work. He rediscovers light and shadows through tones of gray, black and white that result in a new dimensional angle.

An accomplished artist, Roberto M. A. Robles is both a painter and a sculptor that has been educated in the Philippines and Japan. His work has been exhibited in the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Vargas Museum, 17th Asian International Art Exhibition Daejeon Municipal Museum of Art, South Korea, Jiyu Group Exhibitions Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Japan. He has also had a retrospective in Ateneo Art Gallery in 2011.

Kata runs from May 6 – 27 2017 in Galleria Duemila, 210 Loring St. 1300 Pasay City. •

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Filipino Artist Lindslee's Newest Exhibit Entitled, Your Personality is Your Worst Enemy

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Your Personality is Your Worst Enemy.

June 3 – July 29, 2017

Galleria Duemila, 210 Loring St. 1300 Pasay City

Extremities and contradiction. Lindslee channels his art-­‐making in various media from the more traditional canvas to the more eccentric taxidermy chicken. He plays on the power of outrageousness and simplicity to define his art. Lindslee’s art aims to give the viewers a fresh perspective may it be from a historical or aesthetical framework with the premise of an intellectual challenge drawn in color and material. “Your personality is your worst enemy” delves on the idea of self-­‐ humoring and finding wit in the otherwise mundane day-­‐to-­‐day life.

A recipient of NPO S-­‐AIR Sapporo-­‐Artist in residency winter program, Japan Foundation in Sapporo & Tokyo, Japan in 2014 and two-­‐time finalist at the National Art Contest in Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in Manila, Lindsey James Lee has been active in participating in group exhibits since his graduation in University of Santo Tomas in 2000 and his stint at the Art Students League of New York in 2001. He has had several solo exhibits starting from the Public Library in New York back in 2002 and comes back this 2017 with a fresh set of comical works on display at Galleria Duemila on June 3 – July 29 2017.

ASEAN Foundation and SAP Partner to Create Positive Social Impact

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The ASEAN Foundation and SAP SE recently announced a strategic partnership to create positive social impact in South East Asia. This joint effort will focus on areas of Education, Volunteerism and Entrepreneurship. Through this partnership, the ASEAN Foundation and SAP aim to support the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in building a cohesive regional community and deliver inclusively-shared economic benefits by encouraging strategic and innovative participation of youths and social entrepreneurs.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations is a part of SAP’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy to equip youths with the skills they need to tackle society’s problems and thrive in the digital economy; build the capacity of innovative social enterprises that put young people on the path to successful careers and build a skilled workforce for the IT sector with training and workforce development programmes. Key initiatives that will be executed under this agreement will focus on driving digital literacy to support sustainable growth for the communities that the programmes aim to benefit.

“A sustainable ASEAN community lies in the hands of ASEAN’s youth. I believe that our joint initiatives with SAP will increase the involvement of ASEAN youths in national and regional activities to give them an opportunity to actively contribute to the ASEAN community,” says Elaine Tan, the Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation.

Youth empowerment has been a salient topic in ASEAN since the Declaration of Principles to Strengthen ASEAN Collaboration on Youth that was presented in Bangkok in 1983. “The three initiatives under the ASEAN Foundation and SAP partnership have touched upon five priority focus of the most recent ASEAN Work Plan on Youth 2016-2020 which include youth entrepreneurship, youth employment, youth awareness, youth volunteerism and leadership, as well as youth resilience,” Elaine added.
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