Saturday, October 13, 2018

Delectable Videos (Creating Engaging Videos for Your Business)

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I'm now more into taking videos than writing since it I believe it gives more depth to a story. To be able to personally see an event coverage, or highlight a special feature like a hotel or food review, videos may do the trick better than just words or photos. There's also very little need to rephrase a lengthy speech or give a summary of what transpired. I could just let the viewers watch and let them interpret on their own, while just putting an overview or description of what they are watching.

However, just like food or a destination, we do need to spice up our videos by making it more engaging, thus editing is needed, and of course, they need to be informative and interesting enough so people will stick around watching until the end.

The challenge is to engage our followers so videos are among the content that could attract their curiosity, especially for those who do not like to read.

The aim is to make our videos delectable enough for consumption and should leave the viewers wanting more.

Thus, I'm attending the Delectable Videos (Creating Engaging Videos for Your Business) workshop on October 20, 2018 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

This workshop is brought to us by Globe MyBusiness Academy & Unionbank GlobalLinker in partnership with Manila Workshops & Villa Virtual.

Why Create Engaging Videos for Your Business?

● Videos provide a 74% increase in visitors’ understanding of a product.
● 45.5% of Internet users view at least one video over the course of a month.
● An average user spends 16 minutes and 49 seconds watching online video ads every month
● 80% of users remember the videos they watch online
● 46% of users take action after viewing a video online
● Your website visitors are 64% more likely to buy a product after watching a video.
● When video is included in an email there’s a 2 – 3 times increase in Click through Rates (CTR)

What you Will Learn:
1. Introduction (15 minutes)
2. Important Videos for Every Stage of your buyer’s journey (15minutes)
3. What makes for awesome videos for your Business
a) Planning (60 minutes)
i. Shot List
ii. Equipment
1. Video
a. Basic Camera Gear
b. Basic Lighting Gear
c. Lighting for Insta and FB Thumbnails (Photo)
2. Audio
a. Audio Tips
b) Shooting (45 minutes)
i. Basic Shots and Composition
ii. Environmentals (People enjoying the product, etc)
iii. Shots in Action and the 10-second rule
c) Editing (45 minutes)
i. Software
1. Organizing Clips
2. Narration
**PRACTICALS (Added Session) (60 minutes)
3. Summary
Who should attend?
– Business owners with physical product to sell
– Digital marketing agency staff
– PR practitioners
– Video producers who want to market their clients products online
– Content publishers
– Or anyone using video to sell or raise awareness of a product

Event Details:
Date: October 20, 2018
Time: 8AM – 12NN
Venue: TBA
Learning Rates:
Early Bird Rate: Php 1,500 (until Oct 6)
Regular Rate: P2,500
**Workshop Fee is inclusive of handouts, certificates, giveaways and snacks!**
For more details contact:
VENI – | 09272816651

If you are using Bank Deposit
We have 2 accounts you can use:
1. BPI (Peso Savings Account)
Account Name: GPA Events Management Services
Account Number: BPI Peso Checking Account 1920-0279-77
2. Unionbank (Peso Savings Account)
Account Name: Geraldine Anne Therese P. Arboleda
Account Number: 1094-510441-86
If using GCash 09178555990
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I. We only refund payments for those who give us an advise on or before two weeks (14 days) prior to the date of the workshop.
In case of any back-outs, we advise you to notify us via this email:
Please send the following details:
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II. In case refund requested did not make the 14 day cut-off, 50% of the amount paid will be given as credits to be used for another workshop with in the same year.
III. In case refund was made on the day of the event, amount deposited will be forfeited.



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Juan Big Idea: Ang Pagtuklas ng Makabagong Marketista - North Luzon Expedition

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Our beloved detective is all set to solve his next case in North Luzon.

Trail Detective Juan’s next move and unravel the clues in Juan Big Idea: Ang Pagtuklas ng Makabagong Marketista - North Luzon Expedition at the Teatro Ilocandia, Mariano Marcos State University, City of Batac, Ilocos Norte!

Avail your tickets now for this one of a kind journey. (inclusive of Freebies, Lunch, and Certificates):

• Members - P300
• Non-members - P350

For inquiries and concerns, you may contact Ms. Kathleen Sarsagat at 0945 548 6184 or email her at


Friday, October 12, 2018

UP Medicine Choir Proudly Presents How Great Thou Art: A Homecoming Concert

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As we celebrate the heights we have reached, we humbly return with greater joy and gratitude for the gift of music. Let us once again share our passion for music as we show our gratitude to Him and to everyone that has helped us along the way.

The UP Medicine Choir proudly presents “How Great Thou Art: A Homecoming Concert” this October 26, 2018, 7:00 PM, at the UP - Philippine General Hospital Chapel, Manila. Tickets are priced at P180. For ticket inquiries, kindly contact Liza Laroco at 0916 770 8681. You may also visit our Facebook page,, for more information. See you there!

This event is made possible in cooperation with: UP Medicine Student Council, UP Medical Students' Society, Medical Students for Social Responsibility-IPPNW Philippines, Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity, UP Pagsama: Pangkalusugang Samahan ng mga Mag-aaral, One’s True Nature, UP Collegiate Association of Speech Pathologists, UP Behavioral Science Society, UP Biology Majors Association, UP Pharmacy Junior Ambassadors of Music, UP Manila Belle, UP Manila Classical Ensemble.

Also brought to you by: UP Biochemistry Society, UP Manila Biorhythm, UP Manila Pre-Law Society, UP Sigma Alpha Nu Sorority Manila, UP Health Sciences and Pre-Medicine Society, and Nature’s Spring Water.

Special thanks to: UP Medics, Development Studies Society, UPM Peer Empowering Peers Society, Shoot UPM, Rotaract Club of UP Manila, UP Alpha Sigma Fraternity Manila, and Mont Albo Massage Hut.

Wazzup Pilipinas is a proud media partner

Lamudi's New Lead Management Tool Aims to Increase Broker Productivity

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Lamudi’s Lead Management Tool will help you complete your sales activities, view your communication history and see detailed property and contact records all in one place so you can manage your leads more efficiently.
In today’s rapid digitalization, lead management is crucial in driving any business’ sales, marketing, and customer relationship management (CRM) success. This is especially true in the highly competitive real estate industry.
And as one of the leading innovators of the Philippine real estate sector, Lamudi understands that as consumer demands grow, the technology has to keep up. The company remains true to that commitment with the launch of their newest feature: the Lead Management Tool.
This tool is designed to help property sellers manage their listings, follow up leads, and generate more new business efficiently. As a lead management system, the tool boasts of supportive features with easy-to-understand dashboards and integrations that enable sellers to track their leads and optimize their sales pipeline.  
From customer support to sales, marketing, and inventory management, this tool empowers sellers with an efficient product management solution.

Visualize and track sales opportunities with Lead Tagging
The Lead Management Tool’s Lead Tagging feature offers prospect tracking, where the seller can view prospective buyers who visited their listing and expressed interest. It incorporates lead intelligence collection which helps them discover leads through form submissions and client interactions.
Lead Tagging also helps sellers organize their leads depending on the buyers’ interests and willingness to convert. Sellers can set statuses on their leads to determine which leads are promising, unresponsive, or need follow-up.
Manage client communications with Messaging
What’s great about Lamudi’s Lead Management tool is its ability to record and update the seller’s communication history with prospective buyers through its messaging feature. This enables sellers to manage their relationships with their leads and attend to their inquiries promptly, taking advantage of a powerful automated closed-loop reporting system.
The Messaging feature has Call, Email, and SMS options available at the bottom of each lead section box. The user can view messages exchanged with the lead for all properties they’re interested in. Specific message details such as the sender information, as well as date and time the message was sent, can also be readily viewed.

Nurture lead generation with Lead Profiling
Usually, leads aren’t immediate sales the moment they are generated. Most leads may take time to nurture. With Lead Profiling, the seller can foster such leads and build relationships with prospective clients, eventually increasing its potential for complete sales. With regular, personalized and customer-specific information and conversations, long-term leads will prove more valuable than short-term ones.
Lead Profiles can be edited and updated anytime. They will help sellers remember and log significant information including the lead’s status, client interest, location interest, rooms and price preferences. They can also add a special comment section where sellers can include additional notes or remarks about specific leads. Lead profiling allows sellers to track their target market’s preferences and consumer behavior.
Close more property deals with less effort with Filtration
By using the Lead Management Tool’s Filtration feature, the seller can optimize their sales process with minimal effort by tracking, organizing and improving the user’s sales pipeline.
They can easily filter only the most qualified leads to help them save time and resources. Furthermore, the tool empowers sellers to improve their marketing initiatives by tracking and studying campaigns that yield the highest-quality leads. It also enables sellers to filter leads based on the status of a property listing. This helps sellers target leads that need to be followed up. To maximize time, sellers can also use filters simultaneously with a search value.
With the proper use of Lamudi’s Lead Management Tool, sellers can easily manage, optimize, and effectively market for sale properties without the inconvenience of complex digital processes. See other Asian property info here at Park Riviera SG and Park 51 Residency MY.

Best Choice Awards 2018: Awarding the Remarkable Companies, Brands and Achievement Awardees for the Year

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The Most Awaited Awards Event of the Year is now here!


Awarding the Remarkable Companies, Brands and Achievement Awardees for the year 2018.

With Guest Performances by:
Brod Pete, BOYBANDPH, Marielle Montellano, Noven Belleza of Tawag ng Tanghalan / Justin Piñon (Mentalist)/ PHD Dancers

Distinguished Sponsors:

Media Partners:
LIGHT TV, God’s Channel of Blessings
Philippine News Agency
Wish FM 107.5

Presented by:
PESMS Events Management


E-Power Mo Goes to Iloilo

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EMPOWERED ILONGGOS: Department of Energy (DOE) Undersrcretary Felix William B.  Fuentebella together with conference presenters from the DOE and Department of Finance answered queries from the participants and took note of the various suggestions raised. The E-Power Mo Forum encourages informed discourses to bridge the gap and address public concerns through responsive energy policies and programs.

The Department of Energy (DOE), in its continuing campaign to promote public awareness on energy conservation and renewable energy sources, brought the E-Power Mo Conference to Iloilo City on 9 October at the Grand Xing Imperial Hotel.

The forum – which was opened by Iloilo II Electric Cooperative, Inc. Legal Officer Dennis Ventilacion and DOE-Visayas Field Office representative Engineer Jose Rey Maleza – shared with the participants the pressing issues in the sector.

Among those discussed at the conference with the theme, “Empowering Filipinos Through Informed Energy Plans and Policies” were the national energy plans, the tax reform program affecting petroleum products and the nuclear policy.

In his keynote speech delivered by DOE Undersecretary Felix William B. Fuentebella, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi stressed that the agency is continuously crafting proactive policies that effectively respond to industry and consumer needs.

“An informed Filipino is an empowered Filipino. This awareness gives all of us a stake in our country’s energy future. However, the successful attainment of our goals is contingent upon everyone’s full cooperation,” said Sec. Cusi in his remarks.

USec. Fuentebella meanwhile, urged the public to live by the core message of “E-Power Mo” efficiently and effectively by using the country’s energy sources to create wealth for the nation.

He said the conference aims to have a strengthened collaboration between the government and the public to engage in healthy and informed discussions on issues of national interest.

One of the four main points during the “E-Power Mo” plenary session was the Philippine Energy Plan (PEP), which was highlighted by the presentation of energy roadmaps, anchored towards the Ambisyon Natin 2040 program of the government which envisions a comfortable life for all Filipinos.

The PEP was delivered by DOE-Energy Policy and Planning Bureau (EPPB) Assistant Director Carmencita Bariso.

Department of Foreign Affairs-Strategy Economics and Results Group Chief of Staff Ira C. Camarao, on the other hand, discussed the wisdom of the TRAIN Law as an investment in the country’s future to benefit common Filipinos through infrastructure projects and improved government services, while EPPB-Planning Division Chief Michael Sinocruz provided an overview of Executive Order 30 (EO30) that fast-tracks the processing of energy projects of national significance (EPNS) through an inter-agency Energy Investment Coordinating Council.

Mr. Sinocruz outlined the criteria in determining EPNS apart from an integral part of the Philippine Energy Plan such as projects amounting to least PhP3.5 billion, contribution to the environment and the economy among others.

EPPB Senior Science Research Specialist Marietta M. Quejada, meanwhile, presented the fourth topic tackling the milestones in identifying the best option for the Philippines’ nuclear energy policy.

The plenary session was followed by six breakout sessions focusing on issues pertaining to downstream oil and natural gas, upstream oil, natural gas and coal, renewable energy, power industry, alternative fuels and energy technologies and consumer sub-sector.

The DOE also held an E-Power Mo Energy 101 last 10 October for the local media to further understand the industry and have a holistic approach in reporting about energy and its related topics.

E-Power Mo is the DOE’s move to impart crucial knowledge to Filipino energy consumers and stakeholders by providing objective and helpful information, which is in partnership with the Presidential Communications Operations Office, the Philippine Information Agency and the B-LEADERS Project of USAID.


ILOILO CONSUMERS: The breakout session on the Consumer Sector during the E-Power Mo event in Iloilo last Tuesday aimed to share with the participants power contingency planning, energy labeling guide for appliances and lighting products for more efficient electricity usage, human resource development and workforce planning for a nuclear power program, and petroleum product safety practices.

The E-Power Mo is the DOE's integrated information, education and communication campaign that aims to empower its stakeholders, most especially the consumers.

THE MEDIA CORPS: The Department of Energy (DOE) officials together with the members of the local media corps strike the E-Power pose after the Energy 101 on 10 October at the Grand Xing Imperial Hotel in Iloilo city.

The DOE took advantage of the opportunity to share with the gatekeepers of news the basic knowledge about the energy industry for a more comprehensive yet simplified understanding of it.

The DOE E-Power Mo aims to empower, not only the consumers, but also its partners in information dissemination, like the media.


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Let’s dream with HallyUP as they celebrate their 7th anniversary with a month-long series of events, entitled “Dream with HallyUP”, which will be held every Friday, kick-starting on October 12 to October 26.

Looking for a KPOP adventure? Be the first ever winner of HallyUP’s Who’s next? #IAm: A K-Pop Quiz Game Show, an event open to everyone which will be held on October 12 in PH 400, Palma Hall, UP Diliman. Register now and win prizes for only 200 pesos for UP students, and 220 pesos for non-UP students. How about a jamming night session? We got you covered! Chill and relax with HallyOPM 6: This is Me on October 19, 2018 in PH 400, Palma Hall, UP Diliman, as we watch and listen to a night full of K-Pop and OPM performances for only 70 pesos. Wanted to get the creeps before Halloween? Get to experience the mystery-thrilling adventure in Hallyuween, a Korean horror film showing, on October 26, 2018.

Don’t miss the chance to join and ‘dream’ with them this October 12, October 19 and October 26! For more inquiries and updates, please like and follow and

Thursday, October 11, 2018

An Ultimate Foodventure Awaits at CEFBEX 2018

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Home to a rich and vibrant culinary heritage and a burgeoning contemporary food scene, Cebu City now bears witness to another remarkable gastronomic spectacle with the recently-unveiled Cebu Food and Beverage Exposition or simply, CEFBEX. Aptly headlined as the “Ultimate Foodventure”, CEFBEX 2018 is determined to unleash the adventurous side of the Visayans when it comes to food. As it celebrates its first decade, CEFBEX officially opened its doors to the public last October 11 at the SM City Cebu Trade Hall.

To celebrate its grand launch, an opening ceremony was held at the exhibit lobby. As the region’s biggest and most-anticipated food expo, the momentous event was well-attended by industry leaders, VIP personalities, as well as the key officers of Worldbex Services International (WSI). Among those who took part in the program, which included a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, were WSI’s Joseph Ang, Levi Ang, Jill Aithnie Ang, Vice Governor Agnes Almendras Magpale who also served as the keynote speaker of the event, Regional Technical Director of the Department of Agriculture for Region 7 Hon. Marina T. Hermoso, FPSSD Chief Elena Ylanan and HRRAC President Carlo Suarez.

A journey of tastes and flavors

Each one conceived to captivate the interest of foodies and industry professionals alike, this year’s crop of event highlights include the CEFBEX Culinary Cup: Home Chef Edition and Interschool Division. Open to all residents of Cebu with no prior professional experience for the last five years and no formal academic background on cooking, the CEFBEX Culinary Cup is divided into two rounds, the semi-finals and the grand finals. On the other hand, the Interschool Division gathered culinary and hospitality students from various schools across the region to battle it out in different competitions such as Table Set-Up, Fruit Carving, Cake Decorating, Flair Bartending Tandem, Open Latte Art, and Pasta Live Cookery.

Championing homegrown goodness

CEFBEX 2018 is also honored to showcase the world-class produce and homegrown beverage creations of the region. At this year’s CEFBEX, not to be missed is the Cebu Farmers Market area where one can enjoy shopping for fresh and organically-grown fruits and vegetables. Meanwhile, beverage aficionados are sure to enjoy the CEFBEX Coffee Fest. Organized in partnership with Linear Coffee Roaster and the Cebu Bartenders and Baristas Association, the Coffee Fest is a great opportunity to sample the different specialty coffee and cocktails by local bartenders and baristas.

Insights into the world of food

Offered free of charge, this year’s CEFBEX Seminars will invite industry leaders from the Department of Agriculture, Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department of Science and Technology to share their insights about best industry practices and other relevant information concerning the F&B trade such as Ensuring Food Safety, All about Franchising, Quality in the Food Chain, Enterprise Development Seminar and All about Flower Arrangements.

The 10th Cebu Food and Beverage Expo or simply, CEFBEX 2018 runs until October 14 at the SM City Cebu Trade Hall. The event is organized by Worldbex Services International. Admission is free and open to all foodies and F&B players. For more information, follow Cebu Food and Beverage Expo on Facebook and @cefbex on Instagram, call (02) 656-9239, or email

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Visit the Heart of India

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Madhya Pradesh is one of the largest states in India. It is located in the middle of the country and so it is also known as the heart of India. Here are a few popular places to visit in this state.

Bandhavgarh National Park

This is one of the most famous reserve forests in India and it is the proper possible place to spot tigers. Not only tigers but, one can also get to see a large variety of birds; which is more than 250 species and more than 35 types of wild animals. This forest occupies an area of 446 square kilometres and if one wants to see the large variety of birds, they can visit this place in winter. One can also go for the jeep safaris or for elephant safaris to visit the jungle.


This is one of the offbeat places in the state of Madhya Pradesh and this place is surrounded by beautiful barren hills. This is a very old town with full of embankments and there are many structures which has huge historical importance. The major attraction of this place is definitely the Dhar Palace. This place was once the capital when Raja Bhoj who was the king of this area.


Another famous place which holds a lot of importance in the history of India. Located in Madhya Pradesh this place is famous for all the erotic sculptures which were built around 950 AD. They have followed the Nagara style of architecture and the entire place is very exotic.


These caves are located around 46 kilometres from Bhopal city, and it is a World Heritage Site. These caves were discovered during the year 1957-58 by Dr. Vishnu Wakankar, who was an archaeologist. These are the real treasures as the rock paintings in the caves are more than 15000 years old. They tell the lifestyle and stories of human life who used to live in that historic age. The paintings on the walls and the ceilings of the caves are extraordinary details of artwork. The paintings represent various periods like upper Palaeolithic Age and the medieval period.


This place is also popularly known as the Varanasi of Central India and this place is located at the banks of Narmada River. This holy place is entirely devoted to the Lord Shiva and there are many temples dedicated to this god as well. Then there are Maheshwar Palace, Ahilya Palace, Bhawani Mata Mandir and many more to see. This place is also famous for Maheshwari silks which produce saris and scarves.


It is the place where one can find the only diamond mines of India. Apart from the panna diamond mines there is this famous Panna National Park and some ancient temples which are worth visit. To visit Panna National Park one can go for the jeep safari which is conducted twice a day, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

One can reserve train tickets to visit this state. For food delivery at train one can take help of e catering services.

Epson Launches New EcoTank Printers

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Epson, a global leader in printing technologies and market leader for ink tank printers, has launched its new line up of EcoTank printers that offer one of the lowest total cost of ownership in the market.

Known previously as the L and M-series Ink Tank System printers, the newly branded EcoTank printers come with a new streamlined design with an integrated ink tank, in a more compact size and with innovative spill-free ink bottles. With this new innovative line-up, Epson has brought the integrated ink tank design to its entry-level ink tank printers for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and home offices.

Epson has also expanded the line-up of its M-series printers, now known as Ecotank Monochrome series printers, with the new flagship EcoTank M2140 printer. The M2140 printer now incorporates the PrecisionCore printhead, bringing improved nozzle technology with increased print resolutions at 1200 x 2400 dpi, and faster speeds of 20ipm. The multi-function EcoTank Monochrome series comes with auto-duplex printing as well as scan and copy functions.

The EcoTank Monochrome series are able to rival laser printers in terms of overall total cost of ownership and energy consumption, with the printers having 24 times lower power consumption[1], and bringing 27 times lower overall cost per print compared to laser printers in the Philippines[2].

In terms of offering low total cost of ownership, the EcoTank L-series printers with a set of 4 ink bottles yields 4,500 black and white pages and 7,500 colour pages, and the EcoTank Monochrome series yields 6,000 black and white pages.

The ink tank printer is rated the most reliable ink tank printer compared to other brands. In a recent study[3], a large majority of Epson’s multibrand dealers at 87%[4], ranked Epson as the most reliable ink tank printer compared to other brands.

In terms of overall performance, according to the research, the majority of dealers at 77% are satisfied with Epson ink tank printers and 63% have a preference for Epson ink tank printers in comparison to other printer brands.

“With the launch of our EcoTank Monochrome series, we aim to expand the market for inkjet printers and shift users from the entry-level laser printer segment to purchase inkjet printers. With the immense advantages it brings in terms of lower overall total cost of ownership and savings in energy consumption and improved impact to the environment, the EcoTank printers can offer a better alternative to laser printers for SMEs and home office segment,” said Eduardo Bonoan, Marketing Director for Epson Philippines.

Epson continues to be the leading ink tank printer brand in the region with 70.1% market share as of 2017 in Southeast Asia, according to the latest IDC Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker 2018Q2 release. In the Philippines, Epson continues to be the leading ink tank printing brand, with the ink tank market share at 76% in 2017. There was an increase of 22.2% in terms of units sold in 2017 compared to 2016.

Epson launched the first ink tank printer model in Indonesia and subsequently in Southeast Asia in 2010. The ink tank printer has sold a cumulative 30 million units worldwide as of July 2018.

The EcoTank L3110 printer is the replacement model for L360 and L380 printers, and the L3150 printer is the replacement model for L405. The M1100 and M1120 models are replacement models for M100.

DOE Rolls Out Mindanao Energy Projects

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is setting its sights on present energy investment opportunities in Mindanao that will spark new developments and growth in the region.

In this regard, the DOE, through its Investment Promotion Office, is launching the Mindanao Energy Investment Forum (MEIF) to be held on 11 October 2018 at the Grand Regal Hotel in Davao.

The forum aims to present opportunities and updates on energy developments, which include the one-grid interconnection project and the establishment of additional power capacities in the area.

With the theme “Transcending Investments: Role in Encouraging Investors in the Energy Sector,” this year’s energy investment forum series seeks to match investors with possible energy projects in Mindanao.

The DOE will bridge investors with financing facilities available for energy projects, concerned government institutions and the business sector for knowledge sharing on the industry’s best practices in the region.

The 2018 MEIF will also have a panel discussion that will cover topics on the government agencies’ roles, and the current policies and programs in facilitating and ensuring the smooth implementation of energy projects in Mindanao.

For a better business sector engagement, the invited 2018 MEIF participants include the existing and potential energy investors in Mindanao, Energy Associations, Government Agencies, Chambers of Commerce, Financing Facilities, Electric Cooperatives and Local Government Units.

“The DOE is holding all these in order to empower you, the energy stakeholders, for better coordination and collaboration. Together, we can make a bigger impact in creating wealth for our nation,” Sec. Cusi stated.

Kampong Glam Ignites With Passion

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Passion@KampongGlam is a lively series of fun weekend activities from 5 October 2018 – 17 March 2019

The historical precinct of Kampong Glam will soon be pulsating with an exciting series of fun and entertaining activities for both tourists and local residents from 5 October 2018 to 17 March 2019.

Deeply rooted in the colonial history of Singapore, Kampong Glam serves not only as a flourishing centre of Malay and Islamic culture but a thriving tourist hub filled with an incredible mix of inspiring personalities, interesting shops, vibrant cafes/restaurants and a buzzing ambience.

Passion@KampongGlam is a weekend series of experiences dedicated to bringing out the best of this enclave through a carefully curated programme of food, music and cultural activities designed to appeal to both international tourists and local residents in a six-month period.

Developed with the support of the Singapore Tourism Board’s Experience Step-Up Fund, the series reflects the historical and cultural aspects of Kampong Glam in an engaging manner. Riding on the STB’s new ‘Passion Made Possible’ brand, the series encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the experiences and integrate with the community.

“Passion@KampongGlam is more than an expression of the affection and respect for this heritage enclave. The series pays tribute to this heritage enclave with an enjoyable mix of activities to appeal to all ages,” explains Benedict Choa, Founder of Passion@KampongGlam. As the co-founder of Cube Boutique Capsule Hotel, Mr Choa heads the collaborative group of partners tasked with this mission.

He adds, “We are passionate about supporting the culture, businesses and attractions in this precinct. Working with the community leaders and stake holders ensures that the cultural legacy is carried on in a meaningful way.”

The activities will take place from a Friday to Sunday from 4-6pm in a six-month period in the following format with a total of 72 days of experiences on a specially erected stage in front of the Singapore Visitor Centre on

Bussorah Street:

• Friday – Cooking demonstrations with top chefs

• Saturday – live music performances

• Sunday – games and cultural activities

The cooking demonstrations will be hosted by prominent celebrity Chef Mel Dean and a halal food ambassador of Singapore. A recipient of the Honoree Entrepreneur Award from the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce (SMCCI) and the winner of the Halal Jampacked Food Bank with Jamiyah Singapore, he has cooked for VIPs and been featured on food programmes on television and radio. The founder of Kapowww specializing in halal food products, Chef Mel will share his culinary specialities through his innovative, interactive cooking workshops and live cooking demonstrations. Chef Mel will host the demonstration with Resident Chef Oktay Sahin of REIS Steak House and a different guest chef every Friday.

On Saturdays, various musical artistes will take to the stage including local indie musicians from the Sultangate Musicman featuring a repertoire of popular local folk songs, multi-cultural music reflecting the diverse heritage of Singapore and contemporary pop hits; angklung(bamboo tube instruments) performances by Ethnique Musique Connections and Dikir Barat.

Traditional games and cultural activities will be conducted for families to enjoy on Sundays.

Visitors will also be able to browse the kiosks stationed near the stage.

For more details on the activities, visit:

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ITUC Secretary-General: Qatar Among Leading Gulf Countries in Advancing Workers' Interests

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Secretary-General of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Sharan Burrow praised the efforts made by the State of Qatar in the field of labor care and the continuous progress in the development of legislation, aimed at achieving the objectives of this important group of society.

At a press conference held on Monday at the International Labor Organization (ILO) office in Doha, Sharan said that the ILO office, since its establishment in Qatar, has been monitoring the developments and reforms that have been implemented by the State of Qatar and the significant positive development witnessed in the areas related to workers. She stressed that the State of Qatar has become one of the leading countries in the Gulf to promote workers' interests and provide their needs, calling on other Gulf states to follow suit.

She added that the new laws enacted by the State of Qatar define the relationship between workers and employers, pointing out that it is positive move to provide a copy to the government bodies, a copy to the employer and a copy to the worker, to ensure that there are no differences on workers' rights and duties, and to resort to the law to resolve any differences.

Sharan Burrow praised the important step taken by the State of Qatar to open offices in the labor-exporting countries, describing it as an important initiative that would limit the illegal practices of some employment offices. She also noted the cancelation of exit permits, which will be implemented in the coming period.

She stressed the importance of the step taken by the Qatari government to set a minimum wage of QR 750 for any worker in Qatar, not including the housing and traveling allowances, noting that there is also an obligation to improve the conditions of domestic workers.

Sharan Burrow added that ITUC is very satisfied with the reforms that have been made and knows that their implementation will take time. She expressed support to the Ministry Of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs' decisions to respect labor contracts and impose fines in case of violation of laws and non-compliance. She pointed out that the Government is working to monitor the implementation of the procedures and mechanisms that it had developed and is cooperating in this regard with ILO.

She thanked the Government of the State of Qatar for its support to the workers and the relentless pursuit of continuous improvement of their lives, pointing out that there are many positive steps, including the law of permanent residence, which she described as a good decision and development. She called on other states to issue laws granting permanent residence to residents on their territory who met the conditions imposed. (QNA)

Be Fully Informed About Earthquakes

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It's a grim reality: tremors of magnitude no less than 2.0 happen each day all over the world. A considerable lot of these are not by any means recognizable. The core of our planet is indeed hyper-active.

Big scale quakes of magnitude 7.0 and more happen at least once a month.The number of big-scale earthquakes has been on a steady rise.

How do Earthquakes Occur?
It happens when there is movement in the earth’s crust. When the tectonic plates collide or diverge along a fault line, explosive energy is released causing tremors that reach the earth’s surface.

Can an Earthquake Be Predicted?
At the moment no scientific calculations or machine intelligence can pinpoint the time and date that an earthquake can strike. Scientists can only make theoretical predictions of ‘where’ and ‘how’ by analyzing past data.

What Makes Earthquakes Dangerous?
It is the fact that we are always caught unawares. But again, the damage and injuries from the fall of buildings and collapse of infrastructure add to the danger. Earthquakes cause gas leaks, fires, and landslides. Victims can also catch infectious diseases when sewers burst open and fresh water is contaminated.

Tips to Stay Safe during an Earthquake
Don’t expect an evacuation call before an earthquake strikes. If you live in a region where tremors occur frequently, you should always stay ready.

When the tremor hits, get down fast and get cover. Hold on to something sturdy as you stay under a table or bed. That will help to protect you from falling debris.

Don’t be tempted to run outside– it is much worse out there where buildings may fall on you. Don’t stand in the doorway either. You might get thrown out by the force of the tremor. Also, a preparation measure would be to bolster your doors and secure your beds and tables with fasteners. That is if you live in parts of the world that directly sit on fault lines. These include Tokyo, Los Angeles, Jakarta, and Manila among others.

Significant earthquakes in the last decade
The biggest shocks in the past decade include the 7.9 magnitude quake of Sichuan Province in China, 2008. 87,000 people perished. A 7.5 magnitude shake in 2008 also hit Sumatra in Indonesia. However, the Haiti quake of 2010, with a 7.0 magnitude was more disastrous, taking with it 300,000 lives.

Christchurch in New Zealand saw its share of peril when a magnitude 6.3 hit in 2011. In the same year, North Eastern Japan sustained a hit from 9.0 magnitude earthquake. 2013 was Pakistani where magnitude 7.7 shake claimed 828 lives in Baluchistan province.
700 people lost their life in China 2014 when a 6.2 magnitude struck Yunnan province. In 2015 the same disaster struck in Nepal, affecting 8 million lives. The tremor started an avalanche from Mt Everest that claimed at least a dozen lives.
In 2016, Ecuador got hit with a 7.8 magnitude quake. In the same year, a magnitude 6.3 claimed 300 lives in Rome. In 2017, Central Mexico suffered a magnitude 7.1 quake that claimed 300 lives.

How to get involved to help victims?
Work with UNICEF or Red Cross either as a donor or volunteer. This is an organization that helps in emergency responses. They provide water, food, sanitation and medical aid to victims of catastrophes.

You can also donate blood.
You never know where or when earthquakes happen. Today is them tomorrow if it could be us. Stay safe, and lend a hand when humanity calls upon you.
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