Saturday, April 14, 2018

UP Euro Presents After Sunset: An Open Field Film Showing

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UP Euro-Filipino Understanding and Relations Organization is holding its annual Open Field Film Showing entitled 'After Sunset' this April 19 at the College of Science Amphitheater. This is in accordance with the organization’s vision to promote Euro-Filipino cultural appreciation

This year, UP EURO will showcase short films with a feel good theme, tackling stories about romance, comedy, inspiration and music. It features films such as Wes Anderson’s Castello Cavalcanti, Olga Osorio’s Einstein Rosen, William Mager’s Hands Solo and many more! Not only that, the organization will also be featuring performances from Any Name's Okay, Sofasky, Carl Bognot and Granny Lee!

This free event will be held from 6pm-10pm this April 19 at the College of Science Amphitheater. For rsvp For more information, you may visit our page at
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“It's the chill of a beautiful sunset that promises a lovely night ahead.” - Anthony T. Hincks
Wazzup Pilipinas! UP EURO presents:
AFTER SUNSET: An Open Field Film Showing
Get ready to fill your hearts with feel good European short films such as Castello Cavalcanti, Paris Quintet, La Huida, Rhinos and more!
Not only that, we will also be featuring special performances from Grammy Lee, Sofa Sky, Any Name's Okay and Carl Bognot!
This FREE event will be held on April 19, Thursday, at the College of Science Amphitheater! Grab your friends and see you there!

This event is co-presented by:
UP Tomo-Kai

UP Palaweños

UP Radio Circle

UP Le Club Français

Minor org partner:
UP PsychSoc

Our media partners:
DZUP 1602
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See you there!

SAP Announces First Collaboration in eSports and Becomes the Official Innovation Partner of Team Liquid

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SAP SE announced a new sponsorship deal with Team Liquid, one of the most successful teams in eSports. The sponsorship of Team Liquid is the first collaboration of SAP with a professional eSports organization. As official innovation partner, SAP will work with Team Liquid on co-developing software based on in-game data, which will help Team Liquid analyze performance and achieve greater precision in areas like team and player performance and scouting new talent.

SAP will support Team Liquid by implementing a range of innovative technology solutions that deliver cutting-edge analytics to the team to improve overall performance in training and in competition. The SAP HANA business data platform will serve as the core technology for co-development. Additional components such as SAP Cloud Platform, the SAP Leonardo digital innovation system as well as the Internet of Things (IoT) and predictive and machine learning functionalities will be evaluated as part of the co-innovation process. By equipping Team Liquid with the most innovative tools possible to track and improve performance, SAP hopes to participate as an authentic, global and sustainable player in the eSports ecosystem, addressing a young and tech-savvy eSports community.

“After deciding to become a sponsor in the field of esports, SAP took time to observe and analyze the market and its ecosystem before finally deciding to partner with Team Liquid – one of the most successful teams in the business,” said Stefan Ries, chief human resources officer, SAP. “For SAP, esports opens us up to a tech-savvy and highly skilled young audience and potential new talent for SAP. As a global, innovative and forward-looking technology company, SAP provides a high brand fit to the esports ecosystem.”

“There is a strong demand for meaningful data and analytics software in esports,” said Victor Goossens, co-CEO, Team Liquid. “For Team Liquid, competitive performance is key – and smart technology and data give us the best possible tools to analyze and improve. As a technology company at the cutting edge of innovation and with sponsorship experience across sports and entertainment, SAP is the perfect partner to collaborate with Team Liquid to create tools and solutions to fuel our competitive journey.”

“eSports is a highly interesting field for SAP. With a team sponsorship, SAP will be able to activate its full potential by working closely together with Team Liquid to understand their needs and apply innovative technology solutions to address them,” said Lars Lamadé, head of sponsorships, Europe & Asia, SAP. “SAP as an innovation-driven company is interested in eSports as a 100% digital sport with a high speed of development. The partnership with Team Liquid, with a true and authentic co-innovation mind-set at its core, will become a great use case for SAP technology.”

FDCP Announces Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018

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After the success last year, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will once again be hosting the second year of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) on August 15-21, 2018.

In partnership with all the theaters in the country, PPP will be selecting eight (8) films to have their Philippine premiere during the event. “PPP was so well-received by our audience last year and we believe that this industry event is worth doing again this year. We are very proud that Filipinos came together to support our own and enjoy our amazing slate of quality genre films,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Dino during a meeting with the producers last April 4, 2018 at Salu Restaurant in Quezon City.

“Everybody is looking forward to PPP 2018 and we are working hard to make it even more successful,” she added. PPP will also be an opportunity for producers to enhance their experience and learn more about the ins and outs of the industry, from marketing, to booking, and distributing their films.”

PPP 2018 is open to all Filipino producers with finished films who may submit more than one (1) entry with the following criteria:

A. The film should have themes reflective of the Filipino sensibilities culture with wide audience appeal.

B. The film should have been produced from 2017-2018.

C. The film must have its Philippine premiere during the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino and must not have been previously shown in any format in the country. Films which premiered internationally are eligible.

D. The film should have a minimum of 75 minutes and a maximum of 180 minutes in length.

E. The film must be submitted with English subtitles.

F. The producer must have a distributor.

G. The producer must have a marketing plan ready in the event of selection.

Applications open on April 20 with the deadline on June 15, 2018. For more information, visit and Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipinio facebook page and other PPP social media accounts.

AXN Welcomes Britain’s Got Talent to its Slate of April Programming

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New series will air within 24 hours of the UK Telecast

Britain’s Got Talent, the UK version of the world’s favorite talent competition, will make its home on AXN this Sunday, April 15 with the electrifying premiere of season 12. 

The kings and queens of entertainment Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams return once again to their rightful thrones on the judging panel.

“AXN is Asia’s undisputed pan-regional home of talent where we provide performers of all backgrounds with a powerful platform to showcase their unique skills. The addition of Britain’s Got Talent to our programming line-up complements our record-breaking original production, Asia’s Got Talent, giving viewers even more access to diverse, global entertainment,” said Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Production and Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia.

Over the past few months, the popular judges have travelled the UK seeking out the weird and the wacky, the wonderful and the inspirational. With thousands of applicants, AXN viewers will be astounded by the impressive line-up of acts competing to be crowned this year’s winner. From choirs and dance acts, to a group of mysterious aliens and a musician skilled in the classical Russian jaw harp, the Britain’s Got Talent judges have seen it all, and this series looks to be the most entertaining yet.

The past decade has seen Britain’s Got Talent deliver some of the most talked about winners including Paul Potts, Diversity, Ashleigh & Pudsey, Lance Corporal Richard Jones and most recently Tokio Myers. No doubt this year, there will be many more must-see moments to come.

Britain’s Got Talent premieres Sunday, April 15 at 9.05pm on AXN, within 24 hours of the UK telecast.

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

Nielsen and ONE Championship to Launch World Sports Business Conference in Singapore

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Nielsen - the leading source of sports measurement, analytics and insights around the world, and ONE Championship™ (ONE) - Asia’s largest global sports media property, have announced the launch of the What’s Next in Global Sports conference, which will tackle the driving factors behind Asia’s rise on the global sporting stage.

Taking place on May 17 & 18 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore, this exclusive, invite-only conference will engage attendees in dynamic discussions on key technology, media and marketing trends shaping the future of the sports industry with thought leaders from prestigious global organizations.

“Asia remains a vast, untapped opportunity for global sports, and this conference will spotlight what’s driving the region’s rise,” said Glenn Lovett, Global Managing Director, Nielsen Sports. “What’s Next in Global Sports will also showcase the crucial role measurement plays today as well as what trends are shaping the industry’s future. We’re delighted to be collaborating with ONE Championship on this event as they are a fantastic example of the commercial viability of Asian sports properties, and provide a unique and important industry perspective.”

“I am thrilled to be able to announce ONE Championship’s sponsorship of Nielsen's What’s Next in Global Sports business conference, which will be held in Singapore,” said Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship. “The conference aims to explore the rising global sports industry in Asia and how it affects various markets. Featuring discussions on how media, technology, brands, and sports can all work together to engage consumers in the region, the conference looks to highlight the relationship between sports and business. As part of the conference, we are happy to provide attendees with the unique experience of ONE Championship’s ONE: UNSTOPPABLE DREAMS, delivered live at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.”

Key topics at What’s Next in Global Sports will include: ‘How is Sports Disrupting the Emerging Markets Media Scene?’, ‘Leveraging Sports to Drive Consumer Engagement in Asia’, ‘New Fans, New Markets: Thinking Differently for Greater Fan Engagement’, ‘The Allure of Asia Sports: Why Everyone is Making a Play’.

In addition, the conference will kick off with a welcome dinner on May 17, and conclude on May 18 with ONE Championship’s world-class production of ONE: UNSTOPPABLE DREAMS, beginning at 7:00 PM at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The main event will feature a thrilling world championship bout as reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee will defend her title against Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi of Japan.

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3 DOTr Agencies to Remit PHP11 Billion to the National Government

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Three state-owned agencies under the Department of Transportation (DOTr) are set to remit a total of PhP11 Billion in dividends for 2017 to the National Treasury tomorrow, 13 April 2018.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) shall be remitting PhP2.01 billion, PhP6.22 billion, and PhP3 billion worth of dividends, respectively.

Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, along with top officials from the DOTr, MIAA, CAAP, and PPA, will lead the turnover of checks to Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez III in Clark tomorrow, 13 April 2018.

Secretary Tugade commended the attached agencies for their revenue contributions.

“I always tell our revenue-generating agencies to improve their collection. This is our way of contributing to the government, especially as we usher in the Golden Age of Philippine Infrastructure,” said Tugade.

In 2016, the MIAA, CAAP, and PPA were among the top Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) to transmit the highest dividends to the country’s coffers.

CAAP emerged as one of the biggest contributors, after not being able to turn over dividends from 2011 to 2015.

Upon assumption to office, Sec. Tugade instructed CAAP to remit its dividend to the government.

CAAP’s recent remittance represents 68% of CAAP’s net income for CY2017 amounting to PhP3.22 billion, including PhP3 billion worth of unpaid dividend arrears.

PPA, on the other hand, is set to remit its highest dividend in its entire corporate life since 1986. With this incoming remittance, PPA is expected to maintain its inclusion as one of the regular members of the “Billionaires Club”, an elite group of GOCCs that consistently contribute billions of pesos in dividends.

MIAA remains consistent, with last year’s remittances amounting to PhP2.26 billion.

During the previous year, various revenue-generating agencies and offices under the DOTr were able to remit a total of PhP 25.78 billion to the Bureau of Treasury in full, with contributions coming from the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), Office of Transport Security (OTS), and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Make it a Cool Summer with BGC’s ‘Summer on the Street’

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Featuring a Travel Expo, Kids’ Coachella, Millennial Career Fair with UDD Concert and more

Make summer spectacular again doing things you are passionate about! You don’t even have to go far as Bonifacio Global City is holding its annual “Summer on the Street” revelry, packing every weekend with activities sure to keep you engaged. The best part — entrance is free!

Fitstreet (April 14-15)
Be there as Bonifacio High Street transforms into a fun fitness playground to pump up the coming weekend! With simultaneous classes of yoga, spin cycle, high intensity and fat-burning workouts, couples workouts, hip-hop, and more to choose from, gather the squad and have a blast achieving your #fitnessgoals together.

Youthstock (April 21-22)
Just how adorable does a Coachella for Kids sound? Let your kids (or nephews and nieces) experience the wonder of a music and arts festival especially curated for them. Featuring live performances by young artists, art installations, festival games, and other surprises, it’s a great venue for kids and teens to explore passions early on. Dress them for the occasion and have a fun time snapping the cuteness away.

Adulting Starter Pack (April 27-28)
Newly graduated or figuring out your career? This event is perfect for you. A job fair, career expo, and block party rolled into one, get a head start into the rather terrifying but obligatory world of adulting. With music and drinks to boot, you can expect an exceptionally fun yet educational way to connect with other professionals.
In partnership with The After Six Club - LinkedIn Local, BGC will hold different breakout discussions focused on growing your career or business, and even about adult life in general, along with some music and yoga to unwind with. Let OPM powerhouse UDD (formerly Up Dharma Down) be the soundtrack of your summer as they perform their greatest hits on April 28, at the BHS Amphitheater. Tickets may be obtained by exchanging at least Php2000 worth of receipts from any Bonifacio High Street merchant.

Travel Street (May 4-6)
Sustainable tourism is all the rage these days and millennials are at the forefront of calls to lessen impact on the environment and local culture. BGC, in partnership with the Philippine Tour Operators Association and the Department of Tourism, will be holding the 1st Green and Gold Tourism Fair — the first ever sustainable tourism fair that showcases eco-cultural tourism products and services.
Score deals on flights from Cebu Pacific and other airlines, discounted tour packages, as well as unique handicrafts and food from local cuisines. Featured activities include wildlife encounters with whale sharks and dolphins, extreme sports like hang-gliding and bungee jumping, tribe tours, and farm immersion activities.

…and many more
Completing the summer festival are TLC Mom’s The Word, an extra sweet celebration of Mother’s Day (May 12); R.O.X. Outdoor Festival, featuring physical challenges (May 19-20); and Bite Me Manila’s Summer Food Fair, a fiesta in the city centered on Mexican cuisine (May 26-27). All events are happening on the stretch of Bonifacio High Street along 9th Avenue.

They also have a video here:

Find more details and the updated schedule at See you there BGCitizens!

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao Sees ONE Super Series as Opportunity to Continue Legendary Career

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Revered by many for the incredible speed, power and precision behind all his strikes, celebrated Thai kickboxer Nong-O Gaiyanghadao will venture into new territory to reignite his illustrious career.

Once considered as one of the best pound-for-pound competitors in the world of Muay Thai, Gaiyanghadao will make his debut under the ONE Championship banner on 20 April as part of the much-awaited ONE Super Series.

ONE Super Series is a celebration of the world’s most effective striking arts and invites the very best martial artists from Muay Thai, kickboxing, karate, taekwondo, wushu, sanda, and more to showcase their skills on the ONE Championship stage.

Gaiyanghadao is scheduled to duke it out with French-Italian dynamo Fabio Pinca on the undercard of ONE: HEROES OF HONOR, which takes place at the 20,000-capacity SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

The 31-year-old native of Sakon Nakhon, Thailand believes that by joining the promotion’s ONE Super Series, it opens a new chapter in his professional kickboxing stint.

“It’s a new beginning for me. You can say that it’s a breath of fresh air for my career as an athlete. I am excited to be in this new journey. I hope everything will turn our great for me as part of the growing ONE Championship roster,” he said.

Gaiyanghadao was last seen in action when he yielded to Chamuaktong Sor Yupinda by decision at Bangkok’s famous Rajadamnern Stadium in April 2015.

Despite sitting on the sidelines for three years, Gaiyanghadao stressed that his best days as a professional kickboxer are not yet over.

“I’m just 31 years old. I still have the drive to compete. What I have here is a good opportunity to start fresh and remind everyone what I am capable of,” he stated.

Gaiyanghadao, who represents Singapore’s Evolve MMA, has reached the apex of Muay Thai, becoming a five-division world champion in the sport.

In his trophy room, Gaiyanghadao has a long list of accolades, including the coveted Lumpinee Muay Thai world championship, the prestigious Rajadamnern Muay Thai title, and the “Fighter of the Year” citation.

“It has been three years since the last time that I fought. I am looking forward to put on a great performance. I have been training hard and going through strategies. I hope to give my 110 percent in Manila. I am coming to win,” Gaiyanghadao guaranteed.

The man standing in Gaiyanghadao’s re-entry to the winner’s column is Pinca, a highly-decorated kickboxer known for his technical and precise offensive style.

Hailing from Saint-Fons, France, Pinca has become one of Europe’s most well-respected Muay Thai practitioners as he is a two-time WBC World Muay Thai champion and even owns a Rajadamnern Stadium world title.

The 33-year-old Frenchman is bringing his talents to ONE Championship, where he will look to defeat a living legend in Gaiyanghadao .

“To tell you honestly, I am in a very tough fight. It’s nerve-wracking in a sense, but I am ready to accept the challenge,” Gaiyanghadao said about the marquee match-up against Pinca.

Although he already had career-defining moments in 310 professional bouts, Gaiyanghadao treats his maiden ONE Championship appearance as the most significant one because it could catapult him back to the kickboxing limelight.

“I am looking for a statement win this time around. This bout could bring me back to the top. I want a big win. Knocking him out will be an accomplishment because he is a good fighter and a tough opponent. You will all see,” he ended.

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Walang Sasantuhin: DOTr Cracks Down on Corrupt Officials, Personnel

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is serious in cleansing its ranks as it cracks down on corrupt officials and employees, from the Central Office to its attached agencies.

After relieving all employees of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Nueva Vizcaya following reports from rice traders of extortion activities, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said he will continue to go after corrupt employees and will make sure they will face the full brunt of the law.

“Kung hindi kayo involved, wag na kayo ma-involve. Kung involved kayo, umalis na kayo. Dahil kung hindi, yariin ko kayo talaga. Wala akong sasantuhin,” said Tugade.

The transportation chief added that he will not let corrupt personnel destroy the good name that the DOTr is striving to build for itself.

“Ayaw ko ng magnanakaw, at hindi ko hahayaan na masira ng ilang siraulo ang imahe ng DOTr,” he added.

More suspensions

Yesterday, 10 April 2018, DOTr Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Procurement Reinier Paul Yebra issued a 90-day preventive suspension order against Atty. Mary Jil Caurel, Hearing Officer IV of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Regional Office No. V pending investigation for grave misconduct and other administrative offenses.

Caurel is being investigated on charges of grave misconduct for allegedly accepting money in exchange for speedy resolution of application for Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC), willfully and deliberately withholding the release of CPCs, as well as extortion activities in exchange for the release of impounded vehicles. She is also being charged for gross and inexcusable delay of franchise applications for almost one to two years. Caurel was likewise charged with Serious Dishonesty for falsification of entries in her Daily Time Records (DTRs) since 2016.

Victor Torrefiel, Administrative Aide VI of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) was also placed under a 90-day preventive suspension for grave misconduct and dishonesty.

Initial investigation revealed that Torrefiel committed several irregularities in the canvass of price quotation/s from non-existing suppliers for the procurement of goods and vehicle services. He is also being investigated on charges of falsification of official documents and accumulation of unexplained wealth. A show cause order dated 05 April 2018 has already been issued against Torrefeil.

Engr. Jose Budiongan, Area Manager for Area Center X of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) was likewise slapped with a 60-day preventive suspension order for grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

The charges involve extorting monthly allowance in the amount of PhP5, 000 from Skycap porters in Laguindingan airport, malversation of public funds or property through undertaking anomalous repainting of runway and road signs, failure to maintain government property under his custody, taking a firetruck intended for use of Pagadian airport to Lagundingan, and operating a pasalubong center inside the airport. The order will be served today.

The suspensions follow the relieve order for personnel assigned at the LTO- Bayombong District Office and Aritao Extension Office in Nueva Vizcaya last 06 April 2018. The deputation orders and Temporary Operator’s Permit (TOPs) issued to DPWH personnel manning the weigh bridge in Aritao were also cancelled. Based on the complaints raised by some rice traders and truckers, several LTO personnel in the area earn as much as PhP 1-Million a day from over a thousand trucks from Cagayan Valley bringing agricultural products out of the region. The complaint was raised to President Rodrigo Duterte himself during a meeting in Malacanang.

Crack down at home

In January 2018, Secretary Tugade ordered the filing of administrative charges against Engr. Roberto Delfin, a supervising transportation and development officer assigned to the Road Transport Planning Division of the DOTr Central Office, for allegedly accepting bribes from a transport cooperative. He was initially slapped with a 90-day preventive suspension order. He purportedly received, through his aide Narciso Lim, PhP150, 000 in exchange for the DOTr’s supposed favorable action on New Sunrise Transport Cooperative’s (NTSC) application for a route measure capacity.

And, just yesterday, the DOTr issued a Dismissal Order against Delfin after a thorough investigation found him guilty of grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

Eleven (11) Job Order personnel from the DOTr’s Environmentally Sustainable Initiative Transportation Unit (ESITU) were also removed from the service after they were found to have tampered with their employment contracts to increase their salaries.

Tugade warned transportation employees that the sin does not stop with those that commit corrupt practices. Those who kept quiet and did not do anything are equally liable.

“If they see someone inept, if they see someone stealing, but did not speak, they are equally guilty,” Tugade said.

The crackdown is an effort to curb corruption in government, while promoting transparency and accountability.

Allianz Philippines and Conquer Challenge Partner to Promote Obstacle Course Racing

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Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) is becoming a popular attraction for both fitness and race enthusiasts who want to take their fitness and endurance challenge to the next level. I believe OCR involves the use of both mind and muscle to get through the race track filled with many obstacles that participants need to pass through each one before proceeding to the next, and next, and next..... and finally reaching the finish line.

It makes me wonder how many could I be able to complete without breaking a bone or damaging a nerve or muscle since I am not in shape for such demanding tasks. But I should at least have a look at the obstacles they prepared before totally saying NO. Who knows, maybe if I discipline myself by exercising regularly and improving my diet, I could pass at least half of the challenging obstacles. Fitness is the key, and one of the main objectives why OCR is also being highly promoted.

True enough, Allianz PNB Life Insurance and Conquer Challenge Philippines has announced a partnership to further promote OCR in the country by staging three major races under the name Allianz Conquer Challenge. The first of which will be on May 13 at the Vermosa, Daang Hari in Imus, Cavite.
You may think an insurance company would be the most concerned in improving your health because that would be totally beneficial for them. But this campaign is more advantageous for us since living fit and healthy longer is entirely a huge plus for our sake. With encouragement to participate in OCR, the journey to be fit and healthy becomes a lot more beneficial for us. It's actually a Win-win situation that I am willing to be a part of.

Alexander Grenz, COO of Allianz PNB Life Insurance, together with Gae Martinez, Chief Market Management Officer, and Rei Abrazaldo, Branding Communications and Digital Director, led the media launch held at their office on April 6, 2018. 

Grenz expressed his enthusiasm in the partnership emphasizing how the company would like to create a positive impact on people’s lives by making them experience new challenges through an obstacle course race. “OCR is a sport that has started to gather a strong following in the Philippines. We at Allianz believe that this sport can inspire Filipinos to take on a new challenge and embrace it without fear,” he said.

Grenz explained that the challenges in the race give individuals a chance to test their mind and body’s capability to get a serious workout. “OCR challenges one to develop endurance and physical strength as well as better coordination skills,” he added.

Allianz Chief Market Management Officer Gae Martinez, however, affirmed the growing patronage of Obstacle Course Racing Sports in the Philippines, lodging her support as more and more Filipinos become interested on the sport that calls for mental alertness, emotional stability, and physical endurance to overcome obstacles in lives. This is true for millenials who comprise a great number of obstacle course racers, but also for GenXers who have also tried it. The increasing awareness of Filipinos to live a healthy and active lifestyle is indicative of a shift of lifestyle that now recognizes the threats of critical illness, but at the same time the pursuit of aspirations for a better future.

Conquer Challenge President Rob Afzelius shares that Allianz Conquer Challenge, with its key message of “Dare to Conquer your Impossible, consists of three races: the Conquer Challenge Power Race which is a 7 Km + 20 obstacles race, the Conquer Challenge Beginner’s obstacle Race, which is 3 Km + 12 obstacles, and even a Conquer Challenge Kids race that is 1.5 km long plus at least 7 obstacles. Kids joining the race must be accompanied by an adult. We see this partnership with Allianz as fit because both entities’ are aligned in inspiring the Filipino never to waiver on its aspirations.

Rei Abrazaldo, Allianz Philippines’ Branding Communications and Digital Director revealed that the company’s foray into supporting obstacle course races is part of a special trio of activities on 13 May, that espouses Filipinos’ to take part in a fitness activity. Abrazaldo explains – Allianz Philippines declares 13 May as Allianz Day of Courage, because aside from the Allianz Conquer Challenge , the company is also supporting two other sporting events on the same day, namely, the Philippine Heart Association Heart Run at SM By the Bay and the Bayanihan Walk in Singapore.

Allianz globally has been supporting various sports and institutions like football, Paralympics, golf and rugby, among other sports that capture the emotional spirit of its business and inspire millions of people around the world with stories of human achievement through sport and innovation.

A Guide to Choosing the Best Digital Channel for Your Business

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If you think executing digital marketing campaigns is the new norm for businesses today, you’d be surprised as to just how many companies still lack the understanding and proper strategies for it. The Internet is an all-compassing technology that is useful for most aspects of your life, and that includes promotions and advertising.

Digital marketing can be tricky. There are surely a lot of ways to do it and outlets to implement those methods, but just because you know your way around the web, doesn’t mean your campaign would yield positive results.

In terms of the many ways digital marketing can be done, it may not be very different from the traditional. However, it has the tendency to be very niche, especially now, with targeted ads.

It seems that each type of customer can have access to different information that they need at any time of the day. For every visit, view, share or watch, there is an equal impression, acquisition, retention, bounce rate, behavior, or conversion that will reflect your business’ online reputation and actual sales.

That is why it is essential to understand the different digital marketing channels that you can make use of for a successful campaign. You wouldn’t want to use all outlets and end up wasting resources on those that didn’t work for your business. You wouldn’t want to disregard one or two methods either and risk potential revenue.

Start by asking yourself what the nature of your business is and what your marketing goals are. From there, learn about the many kinds of content you can create to market your products and services.

Ultimately, you’ll find the right channel that will host your campaign. Let the following infographic guide you into discovering the right digital outlet for your marketing plans.

IDestinasyon: An Itinerary of Philippine Tourists Spots through Hospitality Interiors

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The PUP Bachelor of Science in Interior Design Graduating Class of 2018 is holding an Interior Design Exhibit entitled "IDestinasyon: An Itinerary of Philippine Tourist Spots through Hospitality Interiors" at Ayala Malls Vertis North. It has officially opened last April 3 and will run until April 20. This class is under the supervision of IDr. Billie Jean Dumlao-Dela Cruz, piid.

The students created ingenuous spatial interpretations of the chosen tourist spots, with creatively planned design solutions that revolves around the idea of developing a better living environment.

This design project aims to raise awareness and appreciation of our own culture and heritage that showcases on fourteen (14) different hospitality spaces that feature different Philippine tourist destinations on all over Philippines. 

Here are the 14 Hospitality Interiors and their Concepts & Rationales:

BOOTH 1: Hotel Lobby | Timeless Ilocos
Designers: Patrisha T. Casalme, Teresa Molina, Ly Ann M. Soriano

Ilocos Region is undeniably one of the Philippines' finest when it comes to stunning tourist destinations. The region is situated at the northwestern coast of Luzon.

Ilocos' allure inspired the interior design of the hotel lobby showcasing its magnificent and ageless beauty. The Bangui Wind Farm featured on the accent wall gives emphasis to the uniqueness of the place, in incorporation with Vigan's well-known Calle Crisologo, and the enormous buttresses of old churches, while its pristine beaches noticeably influenced the ceiling design. The Kapurpurawan Rock Formation's form and color inspired the reception desk and floor. Together with the other elements, the design proudly embodies the timeless beaut of Ilocos region, giving everyone a beauty to remember.

BOOTH 2: Karaoke Room | Basco Lighthouse
Designers: Kristine Joy M. Verano, Angelica Marie F. Pavo, Rondal B. Sinangote, Mikaela P. Argana

Basco Lighthouse is situated in the town of Basco in Batanes, the northernmost province in the Philippines. Standing at 66-feet, the lighthouse comprises of six stories, with a viewing deck on the fifth, allowing unobstructed views of the West Philippine Sea to the west, Mt. Iraya to the north, and the Basco Town Proper to the south.

In this karaoke room, the design was derived from the physical structure of the lighthouse. Inspiration from the lantern room, stone masonry and shape of windows and door can be seen around the interior.

The interior comprises of light colors and balancing it with the lighting, will bring comfort whilst having enjoying yourselves immersed in singing.

BOOTH 3: Spa Room | Mount Pinatubo
Designers: Angelie A. Saberon, Clifford Dale A. Domingo, Kathyreen S. Castro

Mt. Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano located on the tripoint boundary of the Philippine provinces of Zambales, Tarlac and Pampanga. The beautiful catastrophe of the mountain was one of the most known disasters that left a mark in the history of the Philippines. The 1991 eruption caused a big impact, destroying everything in its path which was also felt worldwide. Nevertheless, who would have thought that this beautiful landscape was ironically created by destruction? It was simply beautiful.

Through the natural God-creation beauty of the Pinatubo, this spa design was made. Inspired by the eccentric formation of the mountain, down to the devastated field full of lahar, the gaze of the emerald waters of the Caldera lake, neighboring ethnic settlements and one of, if not the best, perfect spot to view the mountain’s beauty in destruction.

The natural subtle tones give calm to the interior and the warm-welcoming ambience that embraces relaxation rewards you with the same stunning captivity of the place which lets you forget all the weight of troubles and burdens in your life, perfect for those who seek peace and serenity.

BOOTH 4: Coffee Shop | Palawan
Designers: Wilhelm Joyce A. Bagac, Rhealiza C. Dimaano, Aealuz Anne A. Obello

Palawan Underground River features spectacular limestone karst-the great stalagmites and stalactites. This works of nature represent significant habitat for biodiversity conservation and it is naturally sustainable. While it is reflecting in the Palaweños continuous and diverse rich culture.

The coffee shop design executed "continuous drips of water," from how the 20 million old rock formations form that emerges directly and splashed entirely. Emulating the quick falling, slowly slipping of dripstone is like brewing a coffee. This haven signifies the continuous flow of design, the presence of indoor plants and sustainable materials. Add on the magnificent color of nature. Experience mood cave- the less wide but comfortable, mellow sound waves while chilling with hot coffee brew.

BOOTH 5: Restaurant | Bicol
Designers: Citela L. Reyes, Gilda P. Carmona, Almira Joy F. Radam

Booth V is a dining area of a fine-dining restaurant that serves Filipino cuisine. This booth showcases the best of Bicol region; from its branding/restaurant name: Kakang Gata - or coconut cream, richest and thickest consistency extracted on Niyog, to its concept: Mayon Volcano - world's most perfect volcanic cone, to its main material: Manila Hemp - world famous product exported from the region.

The restaurant name "Kakang Gata" has been taken from the fondness of Bicolanos of cooking their vegetables, seafoods, and other cuisine in coconut milk as coconuts are also popular in the region. Since the restaurant offers high-end service, 'Kakang Gata' - which is the first substance extracted from the coconut, the richest in flavor and thickest in consistency, best defines the restaurant.

The concept of the restaurant is the famous stratovolcano, the Mayon Volcano. It is located at Legazpi, Albay and is best admired as having the perfect symmetrical cone. The symmetry, geometry, and material of the volcano has been applied to the interiors. From the layout of floor plan to the geometry of the solihiya pattern to the usage of rocks as material for wall and floor. The layout takes the shape of the volcano as it divides the dining areas for banquet and for few seaters. For rhythm and contrast, the ceiling plan breaks the symmetry of the floor as it is slightly slanted and partly coffered. The coffered ceiling takes the pattern of solihiya as this is the accent of the space. This pattern represents the main industry of abaca weaving which is the main industry of Bicol Region. Solihiya is also widely used in ancient houses and is commonly seen as one of the main elements of furniture pieces in Bicol region. The color scheme takes the color of the concept as it is more of the rocky and earthy tones.

Taste and see the best of Bicol region here at Kakang Gata Restaurant.

BOOTH 6: Nail Salon | Boracay
Designers: Kim April Cuarto, Rubinia Montero, Christine Anne Santos

Boracay Island belongs to the Western Visayas island-group, Region 6 of the Philippines, along with the western part of the province of Negros, island of Panay, and has a total land area of 10.32 square kilometers.

Harnessing an interior sense of beauty yet creating a functional detail that would definitely bring relaxation with rewarding services to experience a short-time vacation, just within the metro. Pinoys are generally more of easy goer than other Asians, people are not stuck up and like to enjoy life, not too uptight about relaxing which directed the space design to be amenable for all to hang around.

The interior comprises of low-key colors, with the stability of furniture allocation in both sides of the space to express an undeniably easy atmosphere similar to the island.

BOOTH 7: Music Lounge | Haladaya Festival
Designers: Lorraine Anne Baniqued, Warren F. Lungay, Ally Asprec, Jean Claudine Compañero

In the province of Daanbantayan, The Haladaya Festival- one of the grandest and colorful festival in Cebu fills the street with smiles, endless music and dynamic dances celebrated every August 30. This festival commemorates the bravery of Datu Daya on protecting his territory called "Kandaya" from the Moro Pirates. Kandaya was later changed to Daanbantayan which means "lookout".

The interior layout of the music lounge was designed to resemble how Datu Daya defended his territory, showcased through the idea of dividing the bar and lounge to portray different functions. Also, the lounge area gives off a good feeling of being protected. Bamboo, wood and other indigenous materials were featured because it was used by the traditional and indigenous dwellings during the reign of Datu Daya.

This music lounge wish to cater to different types of customers that will serve as a haven not only for happy hours, but will be a perfect outlet to release stress as well.

BOOTH 8: Hotel Suite | Biri Rock Formation
Designers: Kate Constantino, Mari Mar Prado, Stephanie Fitero

Biri Rock Formation is sighted at the Biri Isand – northwest tip of Northern Samar. Strong winds, movement of tectonic plates, intense heat and whipping waves carved the rock formations - earning the description of the Battle of the Gods.

The hotel suite is designed based on the huge waves meeting the rocks. The accent wall that outstretched to the ceiling mimics the huge waves crashing onto the elevated area that portrays the rock formation.

The interior design evokes coziness and warmth through the color palette and textured finishes that render a homey, relaxing and comfortable feeling while staying at the hotel suite.

BOOTH 9: Bar | Vinta Regatta
Designers: Bonn Tristan Yanson, Julius Angelo Garcia, Mark Anthony Jabson

Vinta is a a native boat of Zamboanga, an island on Southern Philippines. It is famous for its dazzling colorful cloth sailing which embodies the rich and spectral culture highly influenced by Spaniards to the different tribes, religious views and daily lives of the people.

Regatta, on the other hand, is a popular event during Zamboanga Hermosa Festival (also called as Fiesta Pillar in honor of the city's patroness, Our Lady of Pillar) that showcases the racing of vinta boats on the beat of the drums and ladies' dancing via shore line.

Vinta Regatta is a powerful concept that illuminates the legacy-reached elements present on a vinta boat and letting it sail on the vast bodies of waters through the proposed interior design execution via the designer's space, the Bar.

BOOTH 10: Bakeshop | Northern Mindanao
Designers: Aljohn F. Terante, Lyssa Angela T. Lompot, Amylou Roma M. Bisana

Barotorera is a traditional boat or yacht racing festival along the astonishing sea waters of Ginoog City in Misamis Oriental, one of the provinces in Northern Mindanao. A rowboat, Baroto, is made from dug-out canoes and installed with double outriggers with interesting colors and patterns on its sails.

As it is one of the region’s prides, molded by rich history, intricate artistry and everlasting durability, the designers adapted the edgy form of the Baroto itself into the boulangerie interiors which brought character to the space. The shop is designed to mimic the relaxing ambiance of the region’s natural scenery conveyed through a modern tropical interior that gives a connection to nature while enjoying the baked goods the shop has to offer.

BOOTH 11: Bedroom and Breakfast | Samal Island
Designers: Justine Elaize G. Singun, Axzell T. Tocmo, Maria Gebel M. Nuñez

Davao is known for its durian and it is the home of the Philippine Eagle. But within it is a remote island that is highly popular because of its pearl farming and its scenic sunset, the Samal Island. This tropical beach creates drama in the interior through the use of colors of the sea and sunset. The curves convey the waves of the sea that gives a relaxing feeling. The separation of the seashore and the ocean is seen thru the elevated flooring that celebrates beauty thru diversity, passage of time and mystery of life. Lastly, the tropical nature of the pearl farm is interpreted in the interior using natural materials such as pebbles, woods, Abaca, foliage and the mother of pearls or the Capiz shells, that will fulfill the warm accommodation that every guest wants to experience in their leisure time with their family.

BOOTH 12: Café | Lake Sebu
Designers: Ma. Pauline C. Acibar, Aldrin V. Timbal, Valerie Anne M. Eclavea

In the province of South Cotabato lies the waters of Lake Sebu. Aside from freshwater species, one of most notable tribes that also call it home is the T’boli tribe.

The fluid forms of the lake can be seen from the walls and ceiling, then to the furniture pieces and counter. The color of the banquette upholstery is based on the T’nalak fabric of the T’boli which is usually a deep red in color. Hints of greens depicting the lush forests around the lake can also be seen in the design through plant decors and a built-in artificial grass wall. For the signage, a wooden fish carcass is hung on the ceiling with the name of the establishment, “Lakeside Café”.

BOOTH 13: Kids' Playroom | Enchanted River
Designers: Charlotte C. Suarez, Angeline C. Cardenio, Niña S. Gamboa Rationale:

From the town of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur of Caraga Region lays a body of water with a unique feature of unfathomable depth and crystal-clear water and its mysterious and creepy stories of spirits that is believed to be the guardians where they coined the name "Enchanted River". The enchanting history and undeniable beauty inspired the designers to create a playroom where it showcase a captivating and exciting space especially made for kids.

Adapting the colors of the scene and creating an adventurous activities was applied to the interior while interpreting the enchanting story through the child's point of view.

BOOTH 14: Business Center | CAR
Designers: Alexandria Jonabi M. Lanuzga, Ryan Miguel D. Bataclan, Mary Ellis G. Panes

As a business center, the room inspired by the mystical town of Sagada in the Cordilleras portrays the main industries the Sagadans are endowed with. The geo form of the town is simulated through the elevated flooring. It also represents the primary livelihood of its people – rice terraces farming.

Walls adjacent to the accent are reminiscent of the Sumaguing cave’s majestic limestone filled interior. Cove lights portray the glimpse of sunrise inside a cave. The art of pottery is evident through the layout presented in a circular form with its spiral ceiling meeting the mouth of the pot, and the working stations are flabbergasted with colors through the harp shaped divider symbolizing the weaving craft. Covering each angles are reserved for the creation from God himself, a seemingly depiction of a 180 degree view of Kilteplan Peak to display His majestic work of art.

Photos Courtesy of Clifford Domingo

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