Saturday, July 29, 2017

Cusi Creates Transition Panel to Manage PEMC, WESM

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Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi on Friday ordered the creation of a transition committee for the interim management of the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) and the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).

Under the department order that Cusi issued, the committee is to be chaired by Atty. Oscar E. Ala which shall exercise the functions of the PEMC president until one is appointed by the PEMC board. In addition, the Transition Committee is tasked to assess PEMC’s existing structures, systems, and resources and propose a way forward for the WESM to meet the challenges ahead. The order gives the committee seven months fromAugust 1, 2017 to complete its tasks.

Cusi said the creation of the Transition Committee is in line with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s thrust of ensuring the protection of the Filipino electricity consumers, who are affected by the operation of PEMC and the WESM.

Cusi said the PEMC shall continue to effectively govern the operations of WESM for the benefit of all electricity stakeholders. On the organizational level, Cusi assures the PEMC employees that the PEMC leadership shall continue to improve and advance their welfare as WESM operations continue to evolve.

The PEMC was incorporated in 2003 and was constituted as the autonomous group market operator to oversee market governance and perform the functions of the market operator in the WESM.

Aside from Oscar Escobar Ala as Chairman, the Transition Committee Members are Engr. Jose Mari T. Bigornia, Atty. Jose M. Layug, Jr., Atty. Francis C. Saturnino Juan and Mr. Rauf A. Tan.

The PEMC will be governed by a new Philippine Electricity Market Board composed of: Alfonso G. Cusi as Chairman with Ronald Dylan P. Concepcion, Victor Emmanuel B. Santos, Emmanuel V. Rubio, Neeraj Bhat, Deon James, Rolando M. Cagampan, Octavius M. Mendoza, Allan L. Laniba, Noel V. Aboboto, Jesus L. Arranza and Peter L. Wallace as Board Members.

Power Now Fully Restored In 3 Quake-Hit Visayas Provinces

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The Department of Energy reported today that power has been fully restored in the three provinces of Leyte, Samar and Bohol hit recently by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi commended all those in the energy department and industry participants who contributed to attaining this achievement four days earlier than the 31 July deadline.

"I congratulate and thank the hardworking people, especially those on the ground, for attaining 100% restoration of power in Leyte, Samar and Bohol, " Cusi said.

"The task to build a stronger and more resilient energy system lies ahead. Our hosting of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue in Bohol next week will help us learn more and do more," Cusi added.

The System Operator, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, reported to the DOE that the newly transferred 150Mva Transformer 2 at the Ormoc Substation was successfully energized at around 2140H on Wednesday (July 27) and is loading electricity today (July 28).

This means that another 135 MW can be delivered to Leyte, Samar and Bohol (LSB).

The total potential of 330 MW in the three islands to address its projected peak demand of 291 MW is broken down as follows: (1) 135 MW traversing the Ormoc Substation; (2) 40 MW from Tongonan Geothermal Power Plant; (3) around 20 MW from various embedded generation sources; and (4) an additional 135 MW through the Ormoc Substation. The projected peak demand for LSB is 291 MW is broken down as follows: 210 MW for Leyte and Samar and 81 MW for Bohol.

DOE to Host Asia Cooperation Dialogue in Bohol

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The Department of Energy (DOE) announced Friday (28 July) the maiden hosting of the Philippines of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) to be held on 7-10 August 2017 in Panglao Island, Bohol.

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said, “The hosting of ACD gives greater emphasis on the evolving global developments concerning energy and the environment and the energy-water-food nexus.”

“These topics are the key areas of cooperation where Asian nations can consolidate and expand efforts to ensure a secure, affordable, sustainable and resilient energy supplies in the region,” Cusi emphasized.

Established in June 2002, the ACD is a gathering of Asian countries to promote interdependence among Asian members in all areas of cooperation, one of which is on energy.

This year’s ACD Conference will focus on energy security, sustainability and resiliency as well as energy's relation to water and food.

The conference aims to gather energy policy makers in the region to discuss latest developments in their respective countries, and encourage consultations in identifying new cooperation initiatives that may be implemented in the ACD region.

Specifically, the Conference aims to promote information exchange and the sharing of best practices on energy policies, plans and programs among ACD Member States.

It will also be an avenue to drive investments in the following priority areas: (1) Renewable Energy and Clean Energy; (2) Natural Gas as Transition Fuel; (3) Low Carbon Future Thru Clean Energy Technologies; (4) Emerging Role of Nuclear Energy; (5) Energy Connectivity and Market Integration; and (6) The Role of the Younger Generation on the Future of Energy Development.

Participating countries are expected to share information and experiences on building a resilient energy sector, especially among high-risk countries on the adverse effects of changing weather patterns and disasters.

The other objectives of the ACD, Cusi said, are to expand trade and financial markets within Asia, and ultimately transform the Asian continent into One Asian Community.

Fab Finds, Biggest Deals Await at the 2017 Great Singapore Sale!

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Shopping aficionados and fashionistas can score the most exclusive finds at the Great Singapore Sale (GSS), Asia’s biggest shopping extravaganza, as it continues until August 13. Presented by the Singapore Retailers Association (SRA) and Singapore Tourism Board (STB), it offers the best deals and bargains from the hottest brands, making every shopaholic’s dreams come true.

“Singapore is truly a shopper’s haven and once more, the Great Singapore Sale welcomes our visitors to experience the biggest shopping spree in Southeast Asia,” said Lael Loh, STB Area Director for Philippines.

Fill your shopping bags with the best finds

First things first, for shoppers heading into the GSS, remember that prices can drop to as low as 70% from the hundreds of participating brands such as Oakley, GoPro, LEVI’S, Dockers, ALDO, Pandora, Ralph Lauren Home, Lacoste, Quicksilver, Nike, Tempur, TISSOT, VANS, TOPMAN, TOPSHOP, Dorothy Perkins, and a whole lot more.

Indeed, stretching those Singapore dollars is what one can expect as a line-up of just about everything is up for grabs—even spa treatments, dining offerings, and accommodations from luxurious and quirky boutique hotels are available for that holistic lifestyle pampering experience.

Joshua Pacio Happy to be Back in Macao, Vows to Showcase Stellar Performance in Return

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Filipino standout Joshua “The Passion” Pacio had a memorable trip to Macao a year ago when he competed at ONE Championship’s inaugural live event in the Chinese suburb known as “Oyster City.”

The 21-year-old native of Baguio City, Benguet competed on the undercard of ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD, where he defeated gritty Thai grappler Kritsada Kongsrichai by way of first-round submission.

Proving that Team Lakay fighters are not isolated in the striking department, Pacio effortlessly took Kongsrichai down to the mat and fastened a rear-naked choke to force his Thai foe to tap at the 4:37 mark of the first round.

Pacio will be setting foot on Macao soil once again as he is set to compete on the undercard of ONE: KINGS & CONQUERORS, which takes place at the glamorous Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao.

Now using the moniker “The Passion” due to his ardent desire to improve each day as a martial artist, Pacio is slated to test his mettle with Japanese newcomer Hayato Suzuki.

Pacio did not mince words about his excitement to strut his wares in Macao, which is also home to thousands of overseas Filipino workers.

“I love fighting in Macao. The venue is so awesome. It’s truly world-class. Furthermore, there are a lot of Filipinos living and working there. Whenever I compete there, it feels like I am fighting back home. The energy is palpable. I can’t wait to be back,” he said.

Comparison of Housing Loans Compared by Banks in the Philippines

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Real estate marketplace compares housing loan interest rates of top-of-mind banks in the country

To further assist fellow Filipinos in their investment planning, real estate portal creates a list of prevailing interest rates for housing loans this 2017 of various commercial banks in the country.

As investing in a home is one of the biggest purchase decisions one can make in a lifetime, it is imperative to study first and foremost the ins and outs of your current financial standing. Once you know the budget that you can allot for your future property you can then choose from the wide array of properties available in the market and distinguish the right financing scheme that suits you best.

The key to planning ahead is to be armed with the right information. Apart from finding out the lowest interest rates, it is likewise essential to dissect and differentiate the components of the home loan program offered. For instance, HSBC offers a very low interest rate compared to other commercial banks in the Philippines. Unfortunately, the minimum loan amount to be able to avail the program must be Php2 million. Therefore, if you are eyeing a property that costs less than this, HSBC’s offering will not be applicable to you.

Global Superstar Jay Park to Join Judges on Asia’s Got Talent Season 2

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AXN announced that international pop sensation Jay Park will join the judges’ table on the highly anticipated Asia’s Got Talent Season 2.

Jay, an award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist and savvy entrepreneur, CEO and founder of two successful record labels, will take the coveted hot seat alongside the show’s returning judges, the 16-time Grammy Award-winning music producer David Foster and internationally acclaimed singer and World Music Award winner Anggun.

The three judges, who arrived in Singapore today to start production of Asia’s Got Talent next week, will be tasked with judging hundreds of acts from 17 countries across the region.

“Asia's Got Talent may reach a lot of people, but mostly it unifies a lot of countries together and that's what I'm most excited to see - the people. I'm looking forward to being amazed, shocked, motivated and inspired,” said Jay who is no stranger to discovering and developing talent. “I’m excited to be a part of the show, and I’m looking forward to joining the incredible David and Anggun to discover the next generation of Asian stars.”

Commenting on his return to Asia’s Got Talent, the world-renowned producer and hit songwriter David Foster said, “Asia really impressed me in the first season. The talent was truly world-class. However, this season I set my sights even higher and I expect to find the next Asian international superstar. I’m also excited to team up with the gorgeous Anggun again and to work alongside Jay.”

Anggun, who recently completed over 30 sell-out concerts in France and Belgium and recently received a gold sales award for her latest French-speaking album in France added, “I may live in Paris, but my heart is in Asia. I love seeing emerging talent from this part of the world. I wish every act all the very best for a great performance, and I hope that Asia’s Got Talent can be the launching pad for their dreams to take flight.”

The record-breaking series, which set new ratings records for the English general entertainment genre during its run in 2015, will return to AXN in October. Over the course of 10 captivating episodes – comprising five judges’ auditions, three semi-finals, the finale and the results show – contestants will battle it out for the grand prize of USD100,000.

Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Production, Content and Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, said, “We are thrilled with the judges’ table this season as each judge brings their own style, voice and skillset to the show. Jay has a massive fan base in Asia, so AXN viewers will be excited that he has been selected to join an already powerful judges’ table featuring David Foster and Anggun.

“While the first season of Asia’s Got Talent on AXN rocked the region as the number one show in primetime, the second season promises to up the ante and cement the show’s place as the biggest, most mesmerizing talent contest in the world.”

The series will be hosted by Singapore-based actor/ models Alan Wong and Justin Bratton, whose natural on stage chemistry and witty banter will inject a comedic overtone into the series.

Ganesh Rajaram, General Manager, EVP Sales Asia, FremantleMedia International said, “The first season of Asia’s Got Talent was one of the biggest productions in the world. The series unveiled a host of talent from across the region and fast became a fan favourite with AXN viewers. With Jay Park joining David and Anggun on our judging panel, season two is set to be even bigger and better.”

Asia’s Got Talent is supported by presenting sponsor Traveloka, the leading travel booking app for all flight and hotel needs; and sponsoring partner Great Eastern Life, the market leader in the conventional life insurance business and the largest life insurer in Malaysia by asset size.

Marina Bay Sands, Asia’s leading business, leisure and entertainment destination, is the official venue partner of Asia’s Got Talent.

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Trikini Rescheduled to August 19, 2017

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MegaWorld Lifestyle Malls, in partnership with GEO Events Management, shall be presenting a unique active lifestyle event in McKinley West Park. Originally slated for July 29th, 2017, the event has been rescheduled to August 19th, 2017 to better accommodate guests at a more favorable weather condition.

Trikini is an urban fitness party that will feature three basic elements – run, bike, and party- in a safe and exclusive venue where attendees can enjoy the outdoors right in the heart of the city. With a dress code of sports, active or beach wear, guests can participate in their activities of choice comfortably.

The event will have two zones: Active and Fest. The Active Zone allows festival goers to get their fitness fix with a friendly 5K run and 15K bike race. For attendees looking for a more relaxed experience, the Fest Zone offers dance workshops, oversized inflatables, and a main stage that will feature performances by high-profile acts such as SinoSiKat, Extrapolation, DJ Khai Lim, and Sanya Smith!
  • WHAT: Trikini 2017
  • WHY: To enjoy the fun of the outdoors right in the heart of the city.
  • WHEN: August 19th – 20th 2017
  • WHERE: McKinley West Park
TICKET PRICE: PHP 5,000.00. Can be purchased online at, bank deposit and credit card payments accepted. Promo codes are available through MegaWorld Lifestyle Malls (Eastwood, Uptown, Bonifacio, and Venice Grand Canal), Colnago Manila, Secondwind, and Atheleema Makati.

PARTNERS’ TREAT: Follow @geoeventsasia in Facebook and Instagram for announcements on discounted ticket deals!

Filipino Standout Eric Kelly Sees Move to Lightweight as New Beginning

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Filipino mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Eric “The Natural” Kelly has been competing as a featherweight since he started his prizefighting stint eight years ago in the flourishing Philippine combat scene.

After spending most of his career as a featherweight with 15 professional bouts, Kelly decided to venture into a new territory as he moves up in another weight class.

The 35-year-old native of Baguio City, Benguet makes his lightweight debut against Japanese MMA legend Kotetsu “No Face” Boku on the undercard of ONE: KINGS & CONQUERORS, which takes place at the glamorous Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao in Macao, China.

Kelly sees his jump to ONE Championship’s 77.1-kilogram weight class as a new chapter in his illustrious run as a world-class MMA athlete.

“It’s a new beginning for me. It’s somehow a permanent move since this is my walking weight. We have to abide by the weigh-in rules of the company. I am comfortable with the weight,” he said.

“I am excited to be in this new journey. I hope everything will turn our great for me as a lightweight,” Kelly added.

Although Kelly’s last two outings as a featherweight competitor resulted to throbbing setbacks inside the ONE Championship cage, he looks to erase the painful memory by picking up a statement-making victory over Boku in his maiden assignment as a lightweight.

“It's been a year since the last time that I fought. I am looking forward to put on a great performance for my beloved country. I have been training hard and going through strategies. I hope to give my 110 percent inside the ONE Championship cage in Macao. I am coming to win,” he stated.

Data Privacy Compliance a Competitive Edge for PH Companies

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In the information age, compliance to data privacy and data protection regulations are considered by organizations as a competitive advantage in their business operations. This was confirmed by contact center managers and data protection experts at the recent Data Privacy Asia conference organized by the Contact Center Association of the Philippines. (CCAP).

Contact center clients look for more than just capacity and capability of the workforce, they also look at the utilization of industry best practices in data and network security as well as international compliance with data protection and data privacy regulations. This was revealed by CCAP President Jojo Uligan. “Customer experience is crucial and as service providers this what we are focusing on. When customers are aware that their data is secure, this translates to more business for industry” Mr. Uligan added.

Among those present at the event were international experts in data privacy and protection as well as the Philippines’ Data Protection Authority, the National Privacy Commission (NPC).

Privacy Commissioner Raymund Enriquez Liboro revealed that companies complying with the Data Privacy Act (DPA) of 2012 have a competitive edge when in comes to Data Protection and Privacy. The DPA promotes international best practices in data protection comparable to data privacy frameworks such as the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and theAPEC Privacy Framework.

“With ASEAN integration coming up soon, companies in the Philippines need to implement their data protection and data privacy obligations not only to keep their existing clients, but also assure future growth.” Privacy Commissioner Liboro said.

Mr. Malcolm Crompton, former Privacy Commissioner of Australia was also at the event to explain why having a Privacy Management Plan is essential for organizations to ensure the longevity and competitiveness of their business. “With the successful implementation of Privacy Management Plans companies can expect; increased business, enhanced reputation, more satisfied clients and improved adaptability to change, The company’s greatest asset is data, organizations’ need to re-think the risks associated with data processing in order to manage them effectively” Mr. Crompton added.

Organizations that process personal information as part of their operations are required to register their data processing systems with the NPC on or before the 9 September 2017 deadline specified in the Data Privacy Act’s (R.A.10173) Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR). One of the first registration requirements of the NPC is the designation of the Data Protection Officer (DPO) who will be responsible for data protection and data privacy in the organization.

Accident-proof your Apple device with Power Mac Center Protect Plus

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No matter how careful with gadgets you are, accidents are bound to happen. Good thing Apple devices newly purchased at Power Mac Center now have an option of additional insurance protection for damages not covered in the standard warranty. This includes water damage or cracked screen, as well as medical expense and death benefits arising from theft or robbery.

Power Mac Center, in partnership with Insurance Company of North America (a Chubb Company), designed Protect Plus to shield you from potential losses as you are constantly exposed to such risks. Its benefits include:

1. Accidental Damage Benefit for impairment that prevents a device’s correct operation or renders it unusable;

2. Accidental Death Benefit Arising from Theft or Robbery amounting to P100,000 for the customer’s family or beneficiaries in case of loss of life; and

3. Accidental Medical Expense Benefit Arising from Theft or Robbery of up to P5,000 per incident, reimbursed for in or outpatient medical treatment.

Customers must purchase an Apple device at Power Mac Center to avail of the Protect Plus protection insurance offer. A premium of 12 percent of the device’s current retail price entitles you to one year insurance protection. This adds benefits in cases of accidents causing damage to the device or its owner. Note that this does not extend the duration of the standard Apple warranty.

Filing claims is as simple as calling the Protect Plus hotline or sending an email within seven (7) calendar days from the date of incident. For accidental damage claims, Protect Plus will shoulder the Diagnostic Fee and Repair Costs. Meanwhile, participation fee for approved claims is at 20 percent of the device’s original purchase price.

“Power Mac Center’s latest offering, Protect Plus, is actually security and peace of mind in a nutshell. It’s a reestablishment of our commitment to provide unparalleled service to the Filipino Apple market. Now you can be worry-free no matter your lifestyle because of the extra precaution Protect Plus provides,” said Power Mac Center Marketing Director Joey Alvarez.

Keep safety in mind for your device and for yourself. More information about Protect Plus and other products and services may be obtained from Power Mac Center branches nationwide, on the website <> or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@powermaccenter).

Matthew Hartmann Debuts as a Davao Aguilas FC Player at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City

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The home crowd in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, can expect another exciting match this Saturday, July 29 at 4 p.m., as the home team - Davao Aguilas FC (DAFC), collides with FC Meralco Manila (FCMM) once again.

The last match these two teams had at Davao del Norte Sports Complex was last June 22 ended in a draw, with a score of 2-2, damaging what was then the perfect record of wins of FC Meralco Manila.

The Aguilas have also strengthened its team by adding new players such as Matthew Hartman, Nick O’ Donnell, Australian striker Harrison Sawyer who were all seen on the start list in their previous match against Ceres-Negros FC last week at Panaad Stadium, in Bacolod City.

For this Saturday’s match, fans might be able to see new signings such as Tagum native U22 player Raymart Cubon, Jorrel Aristorenas, Simone Rota and Jason De Jong show off their wares at the home pitch of Davao Aguilas.

Match will be held at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex. Tickets are available at the stadium.

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Netmarble’s Lineage2 Revolution to Run First Massive Fortress Siege

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Netmarble Games Corp., the fastest-growing mobile game company in Asia, today announced that its mobile MMORPG Lineage2 Revolution will hold a massive fortress siege on July 28.

The fortress siege is a one-on-one clash between two clans, with up to 100 players (50:50) being able to battle at once. Unlike the guild battle which solely focuses on power, the fortress siege will require a balanced combination of races, classes, and skills, as well as strategic use of structures, including the Spring of Recovery and altar.

Lineage2 Revolution’s fortress siege will take place for 30 minutes from 9:30PM every Friday, starting on July 28. Clans that wish to take part must participate in the bid held from 12AM to 9PM every Thursday.

There are currently 792 fortresses in 66 Lineage2 Revolution servers. Netmarble expects up to 47,000 players to join the first fortress siege, and 396 winning clans with new lords emerging from the 30-minute-long fierce battle.

Netmarble will give away adenas, XP, and Proof of Blood to all fortress siege participants. The winning clan will be rewarded with bonus rewards and various gameplay benefits, which will vary depending on the fortress seized. Netmarble also revealed the trailer for the fortress siege today.

Release on June 14, Lineage2 Revolution features stunning open field, characters, castle siege and clan system. Boasting outstanding technical achievement powered by the Unreal 4 Engine, the game allows players to access all areas at once, providing a gameplay similar to that of the PC game experience.

Lineage2 Revolution has achieved impressive records and performance in Asia, dominating the top grossing game charts at Google Play and the App Store in many countries, including Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macao, and Singapore.

For more information on Lineage2 Revolution, visit the game’s official website ( and Facebook page (

Friday, July 28, 2017

Lookna for Startups and Small to Medium Scale Businesses

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You just launched a startup and need to get your brand in front of as many eyes as possible. The problem is you are not just competing in your industry; you are competing with the millions of other marketing messages that consumers are bombarded with every day. 

Small business owners need to be realistic about their advertising campaigns. Typically, of course, they'll be looking for effective, low-cost solutions, but typically, too, you can have just one or the other; you're unlikely to find a simultaneously effective and inexpensive channel for your ads. is the best option for a start-up business. Simply because you can advertise your products and services for FREE! Lookna provides fair and equal advertising opportunity by providing leverage to small scale business to compete with giant advertisers.

With the use of hyperlocal search engine from Lookna, you should be able to create an accurate target customer profile based on the data you've collected. With this information in hand, and what you know about your current clientele, you can begin to target similar demographics and psychographics with your campaigns to attract more customers. 

Whether you're advertising online or off, make sure your copy and imagery reflect the kind of customers you want to work with. This is key to targeting well. Many small businesses simply have no idea whether their advertising is actually working. This simply won't do.

Online advertising platforms like Lookna provides you with extensive stats related to your ads and will help you determine what is working and what isn't. This doesn't mean that you won't need to test and experiment, as it can take time for you to create an ad that resonates with your target customers, but it does mean that you can make faster decisions about what to try next.

Know when to advertise. At first glance, advertising year-round and spreading out your budget equally month-to-month may appear to be a wise and commonsense approach. But if you think back to your business launch, odds are you did a lot of things that can't be scaled. There's no way for you to sustain a similar marketing and advertising initiative throughout the entire year.

Do outreach yourself: One of the most important steps to an effective startup online advertising strategy is the content promotion. After you produce an incredible piece of branded content you need to amplify that piece of content as much as possible. Leverage your social media profiles, email industry experts, reach out to industry forums, and contribute to other popular sites that your consumers might visit. Invest a few hours a week to outreach or off-site writing and your startup will begin to gain traction.

Use your resources well. You know the importance of ranking well in search, but you may simply not have the resources and time to consistently create new, informative content for your website. Make an honest assessment of the resources available to you, and leverage them in a way that helps you grow your business.

Lookna promises that all services and listings that you will see in Lookna are accurate and from a legit business owner. The Advertiser account allows you to create your business listings to promote your business online. Searchers can then view your ads, know the services you offer and can contact you directly

Experience Convenience with Online Shopping

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Everyone now wants the ease of shopping online. Whether it's to purchase a new house, mobile phone, clothing, food or even groceries. Almost everything will soon become available for online purchase by means of online shopping portals.

This is because Internet-connected smartphones allows us to browse online for the stuff we need. We could even hail a cab with it, or find a place to stay on our trip to a weekend getaway with the family. Life has become more convenient thanks to a connected world powered by the Internet.

We call it smart shopping. When goods are delivered right on our doorsteps, we no longer expose ourselves to the hassles of traffic congested roads, long queues at the cashiers, rainy or scorching hot weather, and even criminal elements.

We also benefit from special promos, discounts, and other perks and freebies since sellers could easily lower their prices especially when they no longer need a physical store to sell their products.

Brands are now beginning to take advantage of what online shopping portals offer especially gadgets like smartphones, aside from sex toys, which are top in demand at their site. These special sales or promos are also becoming exclusive for the site making it a great option for other brands who would love to reach out to the online consumers that are mostly saturated by Millennials or digital natives.

True enough, nothing is stopping online shopping portals' success as many consumers are now embracing and trusting online platforms. Patrons of online shopping are not only getting convenience but also the best possible prices from brands.

The future would soon be made up of consumers all accessing vital information, and wares, online. This connected world has grown much smaller but with bigger opportunities for everyone to be more globally competitive.

We could imagine never ever leaving the comfort of our homes because everything can now be transacted online. The huge malls and shopping centers would soon be a thing of the past as they would be converted to establishments offering other services instead of selling or buying stuff. 

The future is indeed so within just a few clicks, swipes, taps and other gestures of the digital world. We are surely excited to experience the future of shopping with you all.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

5 Suzuki Big Bikes Royal Arrival 2017

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Suzuki Philippines recently unveiled its Big Bikes for the year 2017. The unveiling was held at the Suzuki Makati showroom to see the "Royal Arrival" of GSX-R1000R and GSX-R1000, the Naked and handsome SV650A, Apex Predator GSX-S750 and the Suzuki Adventure Bike V Strom 1000XT. I saw some of these Suzuki Great Big Bikes creation roaring last year's MotoGP in Sepang.

Mr. Miguel Bichara on video gave his message on his technical experience with GSX-1000R at Clark International Speedway. While Dr Edwin Cua, Suzuki Big Bike President, shared his touring story for 2 months in US from East to West coast using a sport bike, and seeing different roads, landmarks, enduring weather and even got several ticket for speeding.

He said that its good to experience waking up in a tent campgrounds with your motorbike beside you. Than a luxury hotel, So the satisfaction level of travelling with Big Bikes were define in the Motorcycle History. That he always rent and reserve Suzuki Big Bikes. If given the chance, I like to do cross country adventure someday. Then Latin America, Euro Alps and Americas like what he did will be my option as well. After touring around 81 Philippine provinces.

If you measure the road he traveled in US, not the straight expressway path. It is much more longer if you measure the distance from US to Manila. So his looking for those bikes with 1 million KM on its odometer. Then his weeks tour in French and Euro alps then Philippine province. That his loyalty with Suzuki were tested thru time. Because it didn't broke with that cross months of country touring adventures.

Aside from Pretty Suzuki girl models, Enrique Gil its endorser graced the event. As Dianne Medina hosted the event, As we Gave a Sake toast to Riders, Dealers, Mr Hiroshi Suzuki, Bobby Orbe, Reynaldo Odulio Sr, Philip Garcia, Suzuki New Buyers, Media and Wheeltek Executives. Fresh from its win at Senior TT (Tourist Trophy) Isle of Man GSX-R100 continues its supremacy in various competitions.

After more than 30 years of excellent performance, domination and innovation history the GSX-R has its new aggressive look to match. The 6Gen GSX-R100 embodies the lifework of passionate Suzuki Engineers to determine the needs of people who love riding and racing. To restore the throne as the King of Super-bikes.


The powerful, cleanest-running, hardest-accelerating GSX-R ever built. Its also the best handling, most aerodynamic and most compact GSX-1000 with smoother response & better combustion efficiency. Its electronic engine management system doesn't require an Engineering degree to understand.

A machine designed to turn, run and stop easily. With powerful acceleration, cornering and braking makes its the most awesome GSX-R ever made. Available in 2 version GSX-R1000 and the limited edition production GSX-R1000R both ready for street ready for licencing.

If you take off the Mirror, plate and tape the lights they are also available for close course racetrack fun. Avail in Red, Blue and Matte Black at 995k pesos while the GSX-R100R in blue @ 1.169M pesos and special black finish @ 1.189M pesos. While the V-Twin fun for all Riders SV650A Sporty V-Twin superior valued @ 339k pesos.

The Apex Predator GSX-750 with 749cm3 four cylinder fuel injected engine maximize its potential power on streets and windy roads. Priced @ 539k blue/black and red/black while the matte black is priced at 559k pesos. Apex predator super-sport engine armed with latest technology you can carry going in style

V- Strom 1000XT already proven itself to be the powerful yet comfortable touring ride. Its designed to conquer steep rough mountain slopes with powerful performance. It defies your adventure appetite with state of the art technology Bosch ABS system for soft maneuver to support difficult task.

The wheels of this Adventure Bike is bigger designed for rough off road, asphalt adventure. At 19" in front wheel and 20" in the back wheel. For touring thrill durability and flexibility. With traction control for wheel streaming and off road intervention. Also it has knuckle covers protection for your fingers during harsh condition.

Its motion track braking system will support riders to trace intended sudden or excessive acceleration. The advanced traction control system enables rider to control the throttle in difficult situation. As Bobby describes its VStrom 1000XT riding experience in Mt Pinatubo. Available in Yellow and White color retail at 734k pesos. Toast and more power to Royal Big Bikes Arrival!

Below is the official press release from the event:

Suzuki’s newest Big Bikes finally set foot in the Philippines in a royal arrival and are now ready to conquer the country with their powerful engine, outstanding performance and great handling that will defy your adventure whether it may be on the racetrack, the streets or the best destinations you can imagine. 

Five highly anticipated Suzuki Big Bikes were unveiled during the launch led by the King of Sportbikes which had been dubbed as the best GSX-R ever made - GSX-R1000R and GSX-R1000; the handsome and naked bike SV650A, the apex predator GSX-S750 and the updated version of the much-loved Suzuki adventure bike – V-Strom 1000XT. 

The exclusive launch aptly called as The Royal Arrival was held at Suzuki Big Bikes Center Makati operated by Wheeltek Motor Sales Corporation and was attended by Wheeltek and Suzuki executives – Wheeltek’s President Mr. Reynaldo Odulio Sr., PhD, Executive Vice President Mrs. Teresita Odulio, VP for Sales and Marketing Mr. Roscoe Odulio, VP for Finance Mr. Raymond Odulio, General Manager for Big Bikes Mr. Bobby Orbe, Marketing Manager Mr. Mark Chuidian and Regional Sales Manager Mr. Philip Garcia. From Suzuki, President Mr. Hiroshi Suzuki, Managing Director Mr. Norminio Mojica, General Manager for Sales and Marketing Mr. Jun Bulot, Regional Sales Manager for North Luzon Mr. Erick Fernandez and Marketing Head Mr. Monch Bontogon. 

Suzuki Auto-Moto Makati was converted into a launch venue filled up with the Japanese giant’s latest big bikes. Guests who were all Big Bikes enthusiasts and friends from the media flocked to the place all thrilled to see the new two-wheel vehicles that will dominate the Philippine roads. 

Mr. Miguel Bichara gave a short message on his experience of the GSX-R1000R attesting that it can really own the racetrack while Mr. Edwin Matthew Cua, PhD, Suzuki Big Bikers (SBB) Club President also showed his excitement on the new Suzuki rides. He also gave a glimpse of his adventure rides with his first 2 trusty Suzuki Big Bikes – the Suzuki Katana and the 2nd generation Suzuki VStrom 650. 

Wheeltek and Suzuki Motocross rider Ompong “Danger Boy” Gabriel also attended the event. Celebrity Mr. Wally Bayola, a loyal Suzuki rider joined the launching of the big bikes as well. Completing the star studded event, Suzuki endorser Mr. Enrique Gil also graced the event with his presence all thrilled to ride on his new GSX-S750 already. The event was hosted by Ms. Dianne Medina. 

A ceremonial key turnover was also held with the first Suzuki big bikes owners for VStrom 1000XT Mr. Jingo Sy as well as Mr.& Mrs. Blazevic, for SV60A Mr. Vicente Ramos and for GSX-R1000R Mr. Third Ramos. Of course the event will not be complete without the presence of the Suzuki big bikes clubs – Suzuki Big Bikers Club of the Philippines and Adventure Team Philippines. 


Fresh from its win at the Senior TT (Tourist Trophy) Isle of Man, the GSX-R1000 continues to reign supreme in various competitions. For more than 30 years of excellent performance, innovation and domination, it has now transformed to the most advanced, most exciting Suzuki GSX-R in history with an aggressive new look to match. 

Now, the 6th-generation GSX-R1000 is redefining what it means to be The Top Performer. It embodies the life work of Suzuki engineers who are passionate about the GSX-R1000 and its place in motorcycle history. 

Men who love riding and racing, determined to restore the GSX-R1000 to its throne as The King of Sportbikes. It is the most powerful, hardest-accelerating, cleanest-running GSX-R ever built. It is also the most compact, the most aerodynamic and the best-handling GSX-R1000, with smoother throttle response and better combustion efficiency. 

With a supremely effective electronic engine management system that doesn’t require a degree in engineering to understand, and doesn’t need a squad of computer technicians to make work. It is a machine designed to turn a simple expression of what really matters—Run, Turn, Stop— into the powerful combination of acceleration, cornering, and braking that makes this the most awesome GSX-R ever produced. 

Available in two versions, the standard GSX-R1000 and the limited-production GSXR1000R, both come fully equipped for the street, ready for licensing. But take off the mirrors and the license plate and tape the lights and they’re also ready for closed-course fun. The heart of a racebike beats in every GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R, delivering an invitation to Own The Racetrack. 

The GSX-R1000 is available at Blue, Red and Matte Black priced at Php 955,000 while the GSX-R1000R which comes in blue color is at Php1,169,000. The GSX-R1000R also comes in a Special Black Finish which is priced at Php 1,189,000. 


Since its first public appearance in March, the SV650A has been an eye catcher to the majority of bike enthusiasts. The new SV650 is a rider’s go-anywhere dream machine which is built to deliver SV that stands for so many things: Sporty V-twin, Superior Value, and Simple and Versatile. 

Sporty V-twin: Suzuki’s V-twin engine’s calibrated irregular firing intervals create a unique heartbeat-like sound and linear power delivery. It is a motorcycle dominating the racing V-twin cup and can also easily fit in the city riding condition. 

Superior Value: In order to further improve overall fuel efficiency and emissions control, the V-twin- engine came with a lot of innovations such as Dual Spark 90 degree V-Twin, Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM), Dual Spark Technology, newly designed pistons and rings, Suzuki’s Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) Fuel injection and Low RPM Assist Control 

Simple and Versatile: The simple base design of the SV650 is right at home on all roads — whether it’s a sprawling modern city or the suburban country side. Engineered to all riders, this motorcycle delivers an unforgettable experience with every ride you take now and a long way down the road. Take the keys then take command of excitement. 

The SV650A is available in 3 colors – Black, Blue and White which are all priced at Php 399,000. The red variant will also arrive within the year. 


The new GSX-S750 is ready to rock the streets with its powerful 749cm3 four-cylinder fuel-injected engine that is especially tuned and refined to maximize its potential on the streets and on winding roads. The GSX-S750 features the best of both worlds by having greater power with fewer emissions plus a Three-mode traction control system that provides greater confidence and reduces fatigue by delivering control over engine output that helps prevent rear wheel spin. 

The system operates so smoothly and naturally that it does not interfere with handling, even when the rider wishes to engage in aggressive sports riding. It is also leading in its class with its superb parts such as crankcase ventilation holes, long nosed fuel injectors, final gear ratio optimized for positive acceleration, sound tuning, and easy start system. 

This is the perfect sportbike for all bike enthusiasts who are looking for maximum performance and a dynamic ride. A true apex predator with a supersport engine, armed with the latest technologies that you can carry wherever you want to ride, in style. 

The GSX-S750 is available in 3 colors – Blue/Black and Red/Black which are priced at Php 539,000 and in Matte Black which is priced at Php 559,000. 


The V-Strom Series has already proven itself to be a very powerful yet comfortable touring ride. It is designed to conquer the steep mountain with a pillion rider, yet still leaving a grin on your face with its exciting sportiness. 

Now with an updated look with a more powerful performance, the V-Strom 1000XT is set once again to defy your adventure with its state of the art technology that is always there to support a difficult task. 

It is powered by a new generation ABS which ensures safe maneuverability while traversing the mountain roads. The Bosch ABS system has been upgraded to the “Motion Track Brake System” by installing a 5-Axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), and by combining the information of the posture of the vehicle with the front and rear wheel speeds, realizing optimal vehicle stability when braking not only in straight-line but also when cornering. 

This new sophisticated system instantly assesses the need of ABS application when the lever or pedal is operated by calculating the posture of the vehicle and wheel speeds. 

Also a new feature is the Combination Brake which automatically applies pressure to the rear brake when the front brake pressure rises to a certain point. This technology, combined with the Motion Track Brake System, will support the rider to trace the intended line to an extent in situations such as sudden/excessive braking in corners, efficiently reducing the speed and stabilizing the vehicle even when at various lean angles. 

It also inherits the Advanced Traction Control System from the previous model which enables the rider to control the throttle with more confidence in difficult riding situations. Popular for its comfort, the new V-Strom 1000 XT raised the bar once again to next level of ease. The newly designed faring controlling the wind, combined with the bike’s lightweight and maneuverable nature, has advanced its mile-eating performance to take you even further. 

Reducing the wind blast to the hands of the rider and providing comfort especially in the rain or cold weather, the once optional Knuckle Covers are now standard to support harsh condition riding. Comfort and accurate control to the levers are improved by installing the optional Grip Heaters for long distance rides in severe conditions. The Under Cowling is also standard to give the rider that extra adventure feel. 

The V-Strom 1000XT also comes with a Rios which gives more flexibility and durability when touring. Embrace the thrill of touring and soar supreme with the new V-Strom 1000XT. For an extensive adventure experience, the V-Strom 1000XT also comes with accessories. 

The V-Strom 1000XT is available in Yellow and White colors with an SRP of Php 734,000.

Jomary Torres Eyes Huge Win Over Thai Martial Arts Superstar in ONE Championship Debut

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Filipino newcomer Jomary Torres sets her sights on a colossal goal in her ONE Championship debut as she aims to make a statement against up-and-coming Thai martial arts superstar Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige.

Both ladies are set to square off against each other on the undercard of ONE: KINGS & CONQUERORS, which takes place at the glamorous Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao in Macao, China on 5 August.

Torres, who holds a fledgling professional mixed martial arts (MMA) record of 1-0, is not expecting to be other competitor’s footstool to move up in the rankings as she intends to walk out with the victory in her first appearance as a ONE Championship athlete.

“It’s my first time to compete in ONE Championship. I am honored and blessed to be in this top-notch organization, which is widely considered as the frontrunner of MMA in the region. Of course, I am aiming to get a big win. I’ve worked hard just to make it here. I won’t waste this opportunity,” she claimed.

Torres is a talented Filipino prospect who trains out of the Wushu-savvy Catalan Fighting System gym.

Moreover, Torres had her lone match in August 2016 at a local Filipino MMA event, where she took a convincing unanimous decision triumph.

However, Torres is fully aware that having her hand raised against a well-rounded MMA competitor like Ishige will be a tough task.

Ishige is a certified eye candy that can grace on the cover of a top fashion magazine, sashay down the catwalk with the latest apparel, or endorse high-end beauty products in a television advertisement.

But Ishige is more than a pretty face because deep within, she is an authentic martial artist.

The 28-year-old beauty is of Thai and Japanese heritage and comes from a family of martial artists. Her late father was a judo practitioner, and her older sister who is now a medical doctor trained in Taekwondo.

Heavily influenced by her father, Ishige began her martial arts training at the age of nine with Aikido, Karate and Taekwondo.

Ishige successfully won her first two assignments as a pro this year, stopping Audreylaura Boniface via first-round technical knockout this past March before notching a first-round submission win over Nita Dea last May.

“We are keenly studying my opponent for this fight. She is a true martial artist. It’s part of her lifestyle. It’s in her blood,” Torres said of Ishige.

“I know what she is capable of doing inside the cage. She has a good Muay Thai base. Aside from that, she also has a good ground game. But I am coming into this bout very prepared. I am not giving myself any room for error,” she added.

Even though Ishige seems to have the upper hand in some departments of the vast fight game, Torres has no qualms when it comes to trading kicks and punches with her highly-touted Thai foe.

“My foundation is Wushu. I have no problem if she wants to fight standing up. I am already expecting that she will trade strikes with me. I can strike very hard too,” she cautioned.

Torres and Ishige are relatively inexperienced with almost matching records, but the Filipina striker believes that her key to victory lies wholly within herself.

“I will work hard on myself. I like to concentrate my training on myself. It does not matter about the opponent. The important thing for success is self-confidence. The key to self-confidence is preparation, and I am well prepared for this fight. If I have good preparation, I can fight anybody,” she ended.

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Intellicare Attributes Business Growth and Success to Adapting a Digital Mindset

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Intellicare, one of the country’s preeminent HMOs (Healthcare Management Organizations), recently posted a membership base of more than 1.2 million--a significant increase from 100,000 members in 2000. Aside from excellent service, the company attributes this growth to their thrust in embracing digital transformation.

Also known as Asalus Corporation, Intellicare tapped local cloud pioneer IPC (IP Converge Data Services, Inc.) to elevate its IT systems. Through IPC, Intellicare subscribed to Google’s G Suite, an integrated productivity suite made for communication, storage, and collaboration in the workplace.

“As we continued to grow and expand our client base, we started to receive hundreds of emails every day, coming from within and from our clients in different sites nationwide. Sustaining this growth wouldn’t be possible without adapting a digital mindset and the assistance of IPC,” said Arnie Dantis, Intellicare’s Vice President – Operations & Information Technology.

G Suite is not only about email. The package is inclusive of various workplace productivity tools namely: video and voice conferencing, chat messaging, 30GB of file and email storage, unlimited online storage for standard quality photos and documents, sheets and slides created using the native apps, basic website development and hosting, calendars and notes, all with the capability to share and collaborate online, anytime, anywhere, on any device.

According to Dave de Leon, IPC Chief Operating Officer, Intellicare’s choice of employing G Suite was a sound and necessary decision that is required in most enterprises today. “With Intellicare’s fast-growing client base, they needed a software that can keep up with their business by encouraging collaboration and productivity. With G Suite, they now have a stable, reliable, and highly mobile work email, collaborative desktop tools, and easy to use chat and video communications. By embracing digital, Intellicare is in a better position to support their clientele.”

By having access to emails, important work files, and chat and video software on the go, IPC explained that companies that shift from traditional email to G Suite can expect significant improvements in overall team collaboration and productivity.

“One main issue that we had before was the capital expenditure needed to upgrade our old system. Because G Suite is all in the cloud, we no longer have to worry about physical infrastructure. Since email is a vital part of our technical ecosystem, we at Intellicare cite the mobility factor as the top solution that alleviated us from all the headaches,” added Dantis.

To further empower Filipino enterprises and organizations, IPC launched its #DiscoverDigital campaign in May, consisting of various activities including seminars in business centers across Metro Manila to encourage them to think out of the box and make the digital pivot towards operational efficiency, profitability, and business success.

To find out how your company can ride the digital wave and to register for IPC’s #DiscoverDigital events, visit and follow IPC on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
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