Monday, November 26, 2018

Second APSOP Annual Public Lecture on Political Science

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The biggest gathering of political science majors in the Philippines is on its way!

Hundreds of political science students from different colleges and universities in NCR, CALABARZON, Central Luzon, and as far away as Northern Luzon will be gathering for the “Second APSOP Annual Public Lecture on Political Science” that will be held on December 1, 2018 (Saturday) from 8 am to 12 noon in the Ricardo and Dr. Rosita Leong Hall Auditorium of the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.

Organized by the Association of Political Science Organizations of the Philippines (APSOP) in cooperation with the Office of the Associate Dean for the Core Curriculum, Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University, this gathering will feature a lecture entitled “Filipino Social Democracy and the Struggle for Democratization: History Lessons for the Present Generation.”

APSOP is honored and privileged to have as its Speaker for this lecture, Dr. Benjamin T. Tolosa Jr., a Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science, School of Social Sciences in the Ateneo de Manila University. He is also the Associate Dean for the Core Curriculum of the Loyola Schools of the same university.

Dr. Tolosa’s lecture is on the timely topic of social democracy in the Philippines where he will share to the members of the present generation the important historical lessons of the Philippine democratization struggle against the Marcos dictatorship. As Dr. Tolosa’s lecture will emphasize, “(t)he task of defending and deepening democracy – a central tenet of social democracy – has become particularly stark and urgent. And yet because what many citizens experience, including young people, are the obvious flaws of an imperfect democracy, they often become indifferent to it and disengage from the world of politics. Worse, they may even get drawn to authoritarian alternatives.”

APSOP is an association of political science student organizations from different universities in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Its Annual Public Lecture on Political Science is meant to celebrate the discipline of political science in the Philippines, highlight the discipline’s importance in analyzing pressing national issues, and outline the future of Philippine political science.

Getting Ready for MICECon in Bacolod City

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Experiencing again the struggle of packing everything in my best luggage for business travel for a 5 day trip.

What else did I forget to bring with me? Formal long-sleeved polo shirt, formal pants, travel shorts casual round-neck shirts, socks, boxer briefs, face towels, toiletries, a pair of sandals and a pair of leather shoes, aside from the rubber shoes I'm wearing on my way there, a couple of belts, and what else did I miss? or need to bring with me for the 5 day stay in Bacolod? Over packed? Or still not enough?

If I didn't miss anything then it is a definite "See you tomorrow, Bacolod!!!" It is without any doubt that I'm excited. It's not my first time to visit but I'm still thrilled to expert it all over again but with more number of days.

My first time, sponsored by 2Go Travels, was just too short, like just a few hours visiting only a few places like The Ruins at Talisay city, Negros Occidental, or the Nutsberry Garden, remains of a stately Italianate Mansion and ancestral home, that was said to be burned in 1942 by Filipino guerillas who were against Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson and Maria Braga Lacson's approval of letting in Japanese soldiers during the seat of the World War II. It is now a famous tourist spot and has a restaurant and landscaped gardens beside it. We we're toured by a wacky tour guide named Roger. I wonder if he is still there.

It is best to visit at night when it is majestically lighted, to have a romantic dinner and for very Instagrammably dramatic shots.

My camera back then was just a simple point and shoot digital camera powered by 2 AA batteries. Now, smartphones have better cameras.

We also visited Calea Pastries and Coffee, the famous desserts and cake place. 

We also passed by the Provincial Capitol of Occidental Negros.

Since Bacolod is the home of the Masskara Festival we were greeted with a MassKara festival welcome dance during our arrival in Bacolod city coming from Iloilo city.

To know more about my previous Bacolod experience, please click the link below:

I'm soon off to the media / blogger coverage of the Philippine MICE Conference (MICECON), the biggest gathering of Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) professionals. It is a highly anticipated educational event for travel and tourism and MICE practitioners because of its range of topics, quality speakers and themed events. MICECON 2018 will be held on 27-29 November 2018 in the City of Bacolod.

To get to know more about MICECON in Bacolod:

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But I'm staying for two more days to roam around the City of Smiles (named as because of its MassKara Festival, a Mardi Gras-like festival and a spectacular vivid mix of dance), for my blog / vlog.

Bacolod City, situated on the northwestern part of the island of Negros, is bounded by the Guimaras Strait on the west, the municipality of Talisay on the north, the municipality of Murcia on the east, and Bago City on the South.

Our event venues are the Resorts Negrense and SMX Convention Center of SM City Bacolod.

Visiting Bacolod City won't be complete without a trip to The Ruins of Talisay City, our venue for the farewell dinner with "A Night of Magic and MICE-tery theme and outfit.

While our Mardi Gras-themed Welcome dinner will be at the Bacolod Government Grounds, wearing MassKara-inspired outfits.

Second night Vintage Negros-themed dinner will be at the Provincial Government Grounds with "Roaring Twenties" outfit.

International and local speakers, moderators and VIPs for special messages, would be the city Mayor himself, Hon. Evelio Leonardia; Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Chief Operating Officer (COO)Marie Venus Tan, Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) Policy Formulation and International Cooperation (PFIC) Chief, Alex Macatuno; TPB MICECON 2018 MICE Department OIC, Teresita De Luna-Landan; Philippine Association of Convention Organizers and Suppliers, Inc (PACEOS) Chairman, Jing Lagandaon; MyShelter Foundation and Liter of Light Board Director, Ami Valdemoro; Make A Difference (MAD) International Partnership Head, Sophie Methler; Jackson Consulting, Inc President Liz Jackson; High Performance Strategies CEso, Susan Sarfati; Jerry Sibal Design lLC Founder, Jerry Sibal; Tyler Enslin International Owner, Tyler Enslin; Broadcaster and Presentation Consultant/ Trainer Tina Altieri; Makasuntra Founder KF Seetoh; Our Awesome Planet Founder Anton Diaz; Asia Pacific Events Air Business Development Manager Thomas Gray; Motivational Speaker Grace Gayoso; Amadeus Corporate Marketing and Communications People & Culture, Communications and Brand Asia Pacific Vice President Karin Budhraja; Digichic Integrated Marketing Founder and Managing Director Charise Mason; TTG Asia Global Commerce General Manager Peng Ee Ooi; Gaining Edge (Australia) Asia Senior Manager Jane Vong Holmes; and Chief Motivational Officer and Motivational Humorist Scott Friedman.

A tour for speakers in the morning, and a special pre-conference tour (CSR Activity) of MICECON 2018 will happen in the afternoon of our first day featuring Bong Bong's Piaya and Barquillos and Merzci's Pasalubong to bring speakers and conference delegates to the heart of the production of Bacolod's local delicacies to watch and learn how pasalubong are made, and an opportunity to connect with the underprivileged members of the host destination. Proceeds will go to the charitable institutions namely Holy Infant Nursery Foundation, Inc., Bacolod Girl's Home Foundation, Inc.,; Conference delegates are also encouraged to bring blankets, towels, notebooks, pens, and children's books.

A rolling tour of Bago city will happen in the afternoon of our event second day. The last day will have another special tour for speakers.

It's definitely a jam-packed three-day event, and an additional two days for me to visit the other sites not included in the event itinerary. I am also eager to sample other local delicacies, and cuisines so visiting the foodie areas will be among my target destinations.

Please recommend the other interesting places to visit and local food to eat, and maybe people to interview, in Bacolod so I could maximize my stay there.

Thanks and get ready to do the iconic Wazzup Pilipinas shout-out in Bacolod!!!

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

11th Business Management Students’ Convention: Neoculturation

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Now on its 33rd year, the Business Management Society proudly presents the 11th Business Management Students’ Convention: Neoculturation!

NEOCULTURATION aims to bridge the gap between traditional business practices and the rise of increasingly modern and digital avenues, allowing for businesses to remain relevant in the face of an ever-changing business environment.

Along with its three sub themes, TRANSFORMATIVE CONTINUITY, CONTEMPORARY RELEVANCE, AND CORPORATE SYNERGY, this year's convention will surely be able to equip the students with new insights and perspectives for their future endeavors.

Come witness the DAWN OF A NEW ERA this coming December 01, 2018 (Saturday) at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium from 8 am to 4 pm.

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Brandon Vera Knocls Out Mauro Cerilli in First Round to Retain One Heavyweight World Championship

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The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), returned to the Mall Of Asia Arena for another exciting evening of world-class martial arts action. ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS featured a series of compelling bouts, punctuated by two unforgettable championship clashes that left fans on the edge of their seats. In the main event, Filipino-American superstar Brandon Vera successfully defended his ONE Heavyweight World Championship against Italian challenger Mauro Cerilli. In the co-main event, Eduard Folayang of the Philippines defeated Singapore’s Amir Khan via unanimous decision to capture the vacant ONE Lightweight World Championship.

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In the main event, reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera of the Philippines made quick work of Italy’s Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli, stopping his opponent with a well-placed left hook counter to the jaw that turned the lights out on the Italian. After an aggressive Cerilli stalked Vera across the cage, the Filipino-American took a step back and uncorked the counter that landed right on the button. Cerilli was out before he hit the canvas as referee Olivier Coste stepped in to call a halt to the contest just passed the one minute mark. The victory also earned Vera GoDaddy KO of the Night honors.

Brandon Vera, ONE Heavyweight World Champion, stated: “Manila, all my countrymen, I’ve missed you all. Two years was a long time. I’m sorry I’ve been away for so long, but it looks like I can still do it. I’ve been watching Mauro’s tapes every night. Even as I sleep, I watch him train. I watch him fight. I watch everything he does. I know he swings hard. He did punch me in the mouth and it hurt, and then when he fell down, I was pretty surprised. So I’m glad I got that left hook in and dropped him with it. In the world of martial arts, the Philippines owns five world titles. We can do this. Continue your support. Let’s get all the belts!”

In the co-main event of the evening, the Philippines’ Eduard “Landslide” Folayang secured a thrilling five-round unanimous decision victory over Singapore’s Amir Khan to capture the vacant ONE Lightweight World Championship. Folayang dominated Khan from start to finish, punishing his younger opponent with a variety of striking combinations featuring spinning heel kicks and sharp elbows. Khan tried his best to counter Folayang’s offense, but appeared a step slower and couldn’t pin down Folayang’s timing. In the end, all three judges saw the bout in favor of Folayang.

Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario of the Philippines overcame a game effort from challenger Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju of Singapore to win by unanimous decision after three rounds. Banario dominated Raju in striking exchanges while also threatening with submissions in the first round. Raju made it a competitive bout in the second frame, but Banario came alive once again in the third and nearly finished the Singaporean with a rear naked choke. In the end, all three judges saw the bout in favor of Banario.

In a spirited ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest, bantamweights Saemapetch Fairtex of Thailand and Alaverdi Ramazanov of Russia put on an absolute show for fans at the Mall of Asia Arena. Ramazanov used his height and length to pose problems for Saemapetch early, but the Thai veteran would start to come on in the second round. Although Ramazanov would try his best to outwork his opponent, Saemapetch proved much too explosive and powerful. After three rounds of action, all three judges saw the bout in favor of Saemapetch to win by unanimous decision.

James Nakashima of the United States authored a solid all-around performance in his ONE Championship debut, dominating Russia’s Raimond Magomedaliev to earn a unanimous decision victory. Nakashima bucked a slow start in the first round after Magomedaliev’s range posed a problem for the former American National Wrestling Champion. Nakashima’s grappling prowess was put on display in the succeeding rounds as he took Magomedaliev down at will and consistently pounded him out. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Nakashima.

Japanese kickboxing ace Hiroaki Suzuki was victorious in his ONE Super Series debut, picking up a unanimous decision win over Lithuania’s Deividas Danyla. Danyla controlled the pace in the opening round, but Suzuki connected on a left hook that sent Danyla to the mat to close the first frame. In the second round, Danyla continued to put the paces on Suzuki who appeared to grow stronger as the bout wore on. In the third round, Suzuki turned up the pressure with a stream of thunderous kicks and punch combinations, enough to earn him the nod on all three judges’ scorecards.

French Muay Thai star Samy “AK-47” Sana picked up his first win on the ONE Super Series stage with a unanimous decision victory over Armen Petrosyan of Italy in their three-round kickboxing contest. The former WBC and A1 Muay Thai World Champion was dominant from bell to bell, rattling Petrosyan with swift combinations. Petrosyan managed to keep the bout competitive, but Sana was always a step ahead, and he took home a clear-cut decision win. 

In a clash between former ONE World Title contenders, Alexandre “Bebezao” Machado of Brazil returned to his winning ways with a spectacular second-round stoppage victory over Japan’s Hideki “Shrek” Sekine. Machado survived a strong first round from the Japanese grappler as he was taken down with a flurry of effective slams. In the second round, Machado showcased his striking superiority as he hammered Sekine with a barrage of heavy punches to claim the technical knockout. 

Han Zi Hao took home a first-round technical knockout victory over Malaysian debutant Azwan Che Wil. Both men employed fiery offense from the start with Han utilizing his speed and power to connect on a handful of thudding strikes, knocking Che Wil down late in the first round. With a few seconds remaining in the opening frame, Han dropped Che Wil again, this time with the Malaysian signalling to the referee that he could no longer continue. The victory was then awarded to the Chinese striker.

Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado of the Philippines sent the crowd into a frenzy with a second-round technical knockout victory over China’s Peng Xue Wen. Miado looked to trade hands early on, clipping Peng with solid punches from different angles. With Peng opting to continue exchanging strikes in the second round, Miado capitalized on the opportunity, dropping his opponent to the mat with a stinging right uppercut and then drilling a barrage of follow-up blows to force the stoppage.

In an intense battle between ONE Warrior Series alumni, Akihiro “SuperJap” Fujisawa of Japan emerged triumphant, scoring a third-round technical knockout victory over Bangkok-based Filipino standout Rockie Bactol. Fujisawa had to weather an early storm, defending against Bactol’s blazing punch combinations in the first round. He turned the tide in the second frame, negating Bactol’s striking with his top-notch ground game. In the final period, Fujisawa grinded out Bactol on the mat for the majority of the round before securing the finish with a series of hard blows.

Setting the tone for an action-packed evening was a three-round flyweight encounter between Rudy “The Golden Boy” Agustian and Asraful “Warrior” Islam. Agustian turned in a dominant performance, outclassing Islam over the course of three rounds. Banking on his superior striking and smoothly-executed takedowns, Agustian walked away with the clear-cut unanimous decision victory.

Official results for ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS
ONE Heavyweight World Championship bout: Brandon Vera defeats Mauro Cerilli by Knockout (KO) at 1:04 minutes of round 1
ONE Lightweight World Championship bout: Eduard Folayang defeats Amir Khan by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds
Catch Weight bout (79.0kgs): Honorio Banario defeats Rahul Raju by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight bout: Saemapetch Fairtex defeats Alaverdi Ramazanov by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Welterweight bout: James Nakashima defeats Raimond Magomedaliev by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
ONE Super Series Kickboxing Bantamweight bout: Hiroaki Suzuki defeats Deividas Danyla by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
ONE Super Series Kickboxing Catch Weight bout (73.0kgs): Samy Sana defeats Armen Petrosyan by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Heavyweight bout: Alexandre Machado defeats Hideki Sekine by TKO  at 1:44 minutes of round 2
ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight bout: Han Zi Hao defeats Azwan Che Wil by TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 2:52 minutes of round 1
Strawweight bout: Jeremy Miado defeats Peng Xue Wen by TKO (Strikes) at 0:53 minutes of round 2
Flyweight bout: Akihiro Fujisawa defeats Rockie Bactol by TKO (Strikes) at 4:40 minutes of round 3
Flyweight bout: Rudy Agustian defeats Asraful Islam by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

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Award-Winning Benilde Films Compete at 2nd Maginhawa Film Fest

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Two award-winning capstone projects from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts film program will vie for more recognitions in the short film competition of the second Maginhawa Film Festival to be held next month in four different venues.

“Delta” by James Garcia and Luigi Macalintal and “In-Tay” by Leyvie Anne Santos will compete with ten other short films at Cinema Centenario, University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) Videotheque, Pineapple Lab and Cinema Silencio from December 1 to 29.

In “Delta,” two brothers, Marco and Lucas, go to the river for a weekend without their parents to celebrate the former’s birthday. As they bond together, Marco shares with Lucas his plan to explore the end of the river. Out of curiosity, Lucas heads out to the river alone. “Delta” won Best Cinematography (Geo Joshua Cahoy), Best Supporting Actor (Jemuel Satumba) and Best Supporting Actress (Chin Jongko) at the fifth Urduja Film Festival in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

The filmmakers revealed the personal connection they have with the story since the foundation of creating it has something to do with their experiences. “It was our first year in college when we went and hiked together with some friends to the same location (Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River in Tanay, Rizal) where the film was taken. A month after, we heard this news that a student got lost in the place and until now, his body is still not found,” Macalintal shared.

“It’s surprising that we’ve become part of the selection because this is the first time that Delta will be screened in cinemas. We’re grateful for this opportunity to showcase our film and events like this never fail to give us the feeling of fulfillment because of the sacrifices we made in creating the film,” Garcia added.

Meanwhile, “In-Tay” tells the story of a daughter raised by lesbian parents. After receiving a letter from her father, she starts to find the real meaning of family. “In-Tay” previously bagged Best Actress (Fe Saligumba), Best Song (“Korona” by Mark Robina Ortiguero) and Best Ensemble (Saligumba, Caith Annika Angkay, Jessica Marco, Ruth Lopez-Dee and Reggie Caranyagan) at the sixth Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition in Compostela Valley.  

Santos is grateful to the film festival for giving her the opportunity to showcase her film. “It has always been a dream to share this piece of heart to a wider audience. I hope that it would be successful in bringing happiness, appreciation, inspiration and love to the people,” she said.

The other short film finalists are “Ang Pagtuklas sa Larangan ng Pagiging Maria Clara” (The Discovery in the Realm of Being Maria Clara) by Lady Vicente, “Bahay-Bahayan” (Playhouse) by Brian Spencer Reyes, “Heist School” by Julius Renomeron, Jr., “Huli” (The Last One) by Coco Oei, “Jepoy” by Avid Liongoren, “Nangungupahan” (Who Rents There Now?) by Glenn Barit, “Ngiti ni Nazareno” (The Smile of Nazareno) by Luisito “Louie” Lagdameo Ignacio, “Sa Gabing Tanging Liwanag ay Paniniwala” (Belief as the Light in Darkness) by Francis Guillermo, “Wala'y Humayan sa Tanglad” by Neil Angelo Briones and “Yujin” by Eugene Torres.

In the main competition, “Aria” by Carlo Enciso Catu, “Dog Days” by Timmy Harn, “Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus” by Dwein Baltazar, “Liway” by Kip Oebanda, “Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma” by Iar Arondaing, “Tanabata’s Wife” by Charlson Ong, Lito Casaje, and Choy Pangilinan, “Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang” by Jewel Maranan, and “Yield” by Victor Tagaro and Toshihiko Uriu will vie for Best Film, Director, Performance, Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound Design, Editing, Production Design and the Maginhawa Choice Award.

Maginhawa Film Festival is organized by Cinema Centenario, an alternative screening venue which strives to promote Philippine cinema and develop its local audience. The event is being held in celebration of the microcinema’s first anniversary and Philippine cinema’s centennial. Awards night will be held on December 9 along Maginhawa Street where the cinema is located. Tickets range from 150 to 200 pesos per screening. For inquiries, contact 0945-5367054. 

Manila Wrestling Federation Continues to Ring its Bells in MWF 6: Noche Buena

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Manila Wrestling Federation - the hottest and fastest-rising live entertainment spectacle in Metro Manila - continues its unique blend of athleticism and "AksyoNovela" storytelling into its special holiday presentation, "MWF 6: Noche Buena", to be held at the UP Bahay ng Alumni, Diliman, Quezon City on December 1, Saturday. Gates open at 5:00 pm.

Offering more of its ever so highly entertaining and action-packed brand in the jolliest month and closing their first official year with exciting matches and fun-filled stories, MWF shares the gift of awesome wrestling that will have you wanting to be Nice instead of Naughty in Santa’s list.

The Federation’s resident hypebeast Khayl Sison, who is quickly becoming one of Philippine entertainment’s most naughtiest hated villain, has issued an open challenge to anyone who wants to try taking him down. Who will step up to the plate? 

The ever-cool MWF resident action hero Gigz Stryker and his trusty sidekick RG, cap off their wild and eccentric cinematic adventure against the charismatic cult leaders of “Ang Bahay ng Liwanag” in “Sagot Kita 6: D’ Final Showdown”, the finale of the film series featuring the MWF performers as well as film and TV star JC Santos.

One of the night's historic main events involves MWF’s Mr. Lucha continuing his war against “Mr Philippine Wrestling” Jake De Leon. Will he finally be tamed and get his punishment? Or will he emerge victorious in this bitter, hate-filled rivalry?.

Even when in the crosshairs of “Danger” Rex Lawin, the perfect gift awaits either the high-flying, risk-taking Robin Sane or the streetwise bully from Batasan, Fabio Makisig, who will face off in a match to become the first-ever MWF Champion, along with a cash prize of Php20,000.

Watch the most entertaining live event in the metro and experience thrills like no other, because MWF is truly #MakingWrestlingFun!

Visit MWF’s official news site,, for more awesome content and ticket reservations. You may also download the Ticket2Me app, MWF’s partner in online ticketing, or visit, where “KapaFEDS” can buy tickets online and pay easily through different outlets such as local banks, Paypal or 7- 11 stores nationwide.

Investors Keen on Drilling for Oil and Gas - DOE

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Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi yesterday said that the “keen interest which many investors expressed in exploring oil and gas in the Philippines” augurs well for the country’s development and energy security.

Sec. Cusi made the comment after the launch of the Philippine Conventional Energy Contracting Program (PCECP) last 22 November 2018 at the Shangri-la at the Fort Hotel in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

“We are pleased with the recent turnout of investors who graced the event and expressed their interest with the PCECP,” Sec. Cusi said.

The PCECP is a program that offers 14 pre-determined areas, and the option for investors to propose their own exploration area, making oil and gas exploration a dynamic investment prospect for players in the energy sector. 

“There is so much untapped potential for energy exploration in the Philippines that is ripe for the picking as our energy needs grow every year. With the savings that we can generate from the utilization of our own energy resources, our economy and our people can reap huge benefits,” Sec. Cusi added.

Presently, there are only 23 active Petroleum Service Contracts (PSC) in the country, with the Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power Project as the most successful PSC stemming from the previous Philippine Energy Contracting Round. 

Under the PCECP, the DOE revised the investment mechanism. It provides a more investor-friendly environment which is consistent with the directions set by President Rodrigo Duterte. 

The application process under the PCECP has also been streamlined to provide potential investors with a quicker turnaround time for administrative and documentary requirements to prevent unnecessary delays. 

“With the success of our ASEAN neighbors in their energy exploration activities, we deem it our priority for local exploration to flourish as we are driven to make sure that the demand for energy is met. We see that the program will offer positive contributions to our economy as a direct result of exploration-related investment.”

Prior to the launch of the PCECP, the DoE conducted several roadshows throughout the country and in Singapore to attract local and foreign investors. 

In October, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the first service contract for petroleum exploration under his administration. Service Contract No. 76, covering Area 4 of Eastern Palawan, was awarded to Israeli firm Ratio Petroleum Ltd. signaling the push to revive the country’s upstream petroleum industry.


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SM, McDonald's Celebrate Family Bonding Moments Via #NationalThankYouWeek

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SM Supermalls and McDonald's level up the Thanksgiving tradition among Filipino families with the online and on-ground celebration of "National Thank You Week" last November 19 to 25.

“On the second year of our partnership with McDonald's, we continue to underscore the uniqueness of the emotional bond of Filipinos, especially when our customers make memories and redefine thanksgiving celebrations in our malls,” shares Jonjon San Agustin, SM Supermalls senior vice president for marketing.

On digital, SM and McDonald's encouraged families to share their ‘thank you moments’ for a chance to win P5,000 SM shopping money by simply taking a photo using the #NationalThankYouWeek Photo App that can be accessed via until November 25. McDonald’s also gave its customers a special treat, as a simple way of saying ‘thank you’, as all McDonald’s stores located in 47 SM malls nationwide gave a free Vanilla Sundae Cone for every purchase of a Happy Meal from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Thanksgiving Day itself (November 22) until November 25, Sunday.

A grand culminating activity was also mounted for families on the last day of the week-long celebration on November 25 at SM Mall of Asia, Central Atrium. For only Php180, kids and kids-at-heart experienced SM Supermalls and McDonald's Thank You Town where everyone enjoyed an array of fun activities and fun technology games.

At the Thank You Town, SM shoppers were able to sign-up for McDonald’s Stripes Run, avail of the new McCelebrations Birthday Party themes, and experience fun games and activities.

SM Supermalls is the sole Philippine finalist in this year’s World Retail Awards, held last April 19 in Madrid, Spain. SM's "National Thank You Day," an integrated live brand experience campaign in partnership with McDonald's Philippines, made it as a finalist in the ‘Best Customer Experience Initiative – Mall Owners’ category.

For more information, check out, and its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts: @smsupermalls.

PLDT and Smart Unveil Flagship Store in Makati CBD

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Left to Right: PLDT-Smart Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Eric R. Alberto, PLDT Chairman and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan, and PLDT-Smart SVP and Head for Consumer Business – Customer Development Alex O. Caeg

PLDT and its wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have unveiled their converged store in the Makati Central Business District.

The PLDT-Smart Store is a one-stop digital hub and store that showcases the synergy among PLDT, Smart, and Cignal products. The store will also be a venue where PLDT and Smart can exhibit innovations and services of the future, such as 5G applications, Internet of Things, among others.

“This one-stop digital hub is a manifestation of our business transformation and aspiration to be the country’s leading and most trusted enabler of technology for all our customers. We want to deliver services and solutions that provide simply amazing experiences, which actually should improve lives -- to make lives safer, more productive, and more enjoyable,” said Eric R. Alberto, Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer at PLDT and Smart.

Synergy and convergence

Located at the ground floor of the Smart Tower along Ayala Avenue, the PLDT-Smart Store offers a modern hub for the digital-savvy Filipinos who live and work in Makati City. Experience Officers are on-hand and ready to address customers’ concerns and needs.

“Our flagship stores have actually morphed into something more experiential for the customers. It is PLDT’s 90th anniversary and we’re pushing the envelope to becoming this country’s leading purveyor of digital experiences for customers. I think this store, the look and feel of this store and the attitude with which we serve our customers reflect that,” added Alberto.

Level up customer experience

The store also has digital self-service counters which allow subscribers to view and print their bills, check account details, request for repairs and other services.

Customers can also check data usage for their online needs via the broadband visualizers. These can be helpful for subscribers who are still deciding which broadband plan to get for their home or business. The store also features interactive booths that allow guests to browse the internet, play games, watch videos or listen to music inside the store.

“As the PLDT Group enters a new age of convergence, the PLDT-Smart Store will showcase the industry-leading seamless services that PLDT, Smart, and Cignal have to offer the Filipino customer whether they are home or away from home,” said Alex Caeg, SVP and Head for Consumer Business – Customer Development at PLDT and Smart.

The PLDT-Smart Store at Smart Tower is also offering exclusive deals for postpaid plans. Customers can also sign up for MVP Rewards and get instant credit, which they can use to buy items from partner stores. Subscribers can see other details when they visit

“Whether they reside in the exclusive villages or condominiums, or work in the buildings nearby, we want to give them the best customer experience right here in Makati CBD,” added Caeg.

From left to right: PLDT-Smart Chief Customer Experience and Data Analytics Advisor Ralph Brunner; PLDT-Smart Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Eric R. Alberto; Smart Chief Financial Officer Chaye Cabal-Revilla; PLDT and Smart Chairman and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan; PLDT-Smart Chief Technology and Information Advisor Joachim Horn; PLDT-Smart SVP and Headfor Consumer Business – Customer Development Alex O. Caeg; and PLDT-Smart FVP and Head for Consumer Marketing Andrew L. Santos

National Museum Declares Post Office Building an Important Cultural Property

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The cultural, artistic and historical significance of the historic Post Office Building has been officially recognized by the National Museum with the public declaration of the iconic building as an Important Cultural Property (ICP).

The National Museum is mandated to declare cultural properties of the Philippines as either Important Cultural Properties or National Cultural Treasures, pursuant to several laws, including Republic Act No. 4846 (Cultural Properties Preservation and Protection Act) as amended by Presidential Decree No. 374, Presidential Decree No. 260, Republic Act No.8492 (National Museum Act of 1998) and most recently, Republic Act No. 10066 (National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009).

An Important Cultural Property (ICP) is a cultural asset that possesses “exceptional cultural, artistic and/or historical significance”. 

Postmaster General Joel Otarra said that the Philippine Postal System has a remarkable history. It was first established in Manila in 1767. The first known location of the Manila Post Office was on Escolta, next to the Estero de la Reina near Santa Cruz church.

During the American occupation, the Post Office Building was built in the 1926 as a modern colonial architecture, an example of a perfect neo-classical monument built and designed by Filipino Architect Juan Arellano and Tomas Mapua in the heart of Manila.  The building was rebuilt after World War II.

The Post Office Building has maintained its formidable and beautiful edifice.

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has also unveiled the Museum Ceremonial Groundbreaking Marker to officially start the construction and retrofitting of the Philippine Postal and Philatelic Museum in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA).

PHLPost aims to inspire Filipinos to protect, preserve and promote these exceptional and outstanding cultural properties by establishing a Museum that will hold nationally important historical archive of stamps and museum collections, providing visual, physical and written records of 250 years of postal heritage in the country. 

The Philippine Postal Service is celebrating its 251st founding Anniversary and the National Stamp Collecting Month (NSCM) this month.  

The event also highlights the launching of the colorful “Year of the Pig” commemorative stamps to celebrate the coming 2019 and stamp exhibit featuring rare stamps by known collectors in the country.

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

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Our beloved detective continues the curious case as his next assignment leads him in Central Luzon.

Follow the trail and seek Detective Juan’s next move as he deciphers the clues in Juan Big Idea: Ang Pagtuklas ng Makabagong Marketista - Central Luzon Expedition at the PHINMA Araullo University Gymnasium, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija on December 2, 2018!

Avail your tickets now for this one of a kind journey.
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