Friday, May 3, 2019

Araneta Center and CARA Care for the ‘Palengcats’

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The Araneta Center, Inc. (ACI), does right by the stray cat population in the Center, beginning with the ‘palengcats’ found in Farmers Market, by teaming up with CARA Welfare Philippines for a TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) program, the only method proven to be humane and effective in controlling feral cat population.
ACI, through the Farmers Market management, donated P25,000 to CARA for the program and would also go a long way in supporting the group in its expenses. The contract signing and ceremonial turn-over of the check, held at the market’s Dampa section, was spearheaded by Margarita ‘Gaita’ Fores, 2016 Asia’s Best Female Chef, who is known for her Market Tours in Farmers Market.

“We really are so happy this morning that we are finally officially inking this relationship with CARA. I’ve done quite a number of things with CARA – we’ve always done fundraisers with them but I think this one talaga, it tugs at the heart. Medyo I’m getting emotional dahil this is home for me,” said Fores.

“I think that this event today is the biggest proof that we love cat and dogs and we love the fact that they are here at the Araneta Center. They make the center such a happier place for the people that come and go through our center. This is probably the busiest commercial center in Metro Manila and we want people to feel that pets are welcome and most especially here at the Market,” Fores added.

Many commercial districts deal with the population of stray animals, mostly cats and dogs, in their areas. Working with a group like CARA is a win-win situation for the Araneta Center and allows the Center to treat the animals with compassion while ensuring they are not a burden to operations.

“Caring for the ‘palengcats’ is just one way the Araneta Center is widening the scope of its PET PALS program, which has introduced us as a pet-friendly destination,” noted Marjorie Go, Araneta Center Inc.’s marketing manager. “Many people are calling out establishments for not being responsible for the stray population in their area, but that takes time and a lot of effort. And this is one way we are making sure we are stepping up.”

With PET PALS, pet owners can now bring their fur-babies to the Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, Farmers Plaza, and into select stores and other parts of the Center, provided that they have secured the PET PALS ID.

PET PALS likewise encourages responsible pet ownership by requiring them to keep their fur-babies on a leash while they are walking, carrying them while riding escalators and elevators, and cleaning after them.

Earlier this month, PET PALS visited PAWS in Quezon City with the 2019 Binibining Pilipinas candidates. PET PALS likewise donated about 150kgs of cat food to help supplement PAWS’ supply. On May 18, the Araneta Center is also holding a pet-centric event in line with PET PALS, dubbed “Pet-errific,” and is inviting all pet-lovers to join the summer-themed pet gathering.

For more info on the event and other PET PALS activities, visit Araneta Center’s website and follow it on its social media pages: @AranetaCenter on Facebook and Twitter and @TheAranetaCenter on Instagram.


(From L-R): Farmers Market Property Manager Corazon Annabelle De Leon, 2016 Asia’s Best Female Chef Margarita Fores, CARA President Nancy Cu Unjieng, and CARA Treasurer Gem Faisan during the ceremonial turn-over of the check held at the Farmers Market’s Dampa section.

(Second from L-R): 2016 Asia’s Best Female Chef Margarita Fores, CARA President Nancy Cu Unjieng, and CARA Treasurer Gem Faisan with pet owners during the contract-signing and ceremonial turn-over held at the Farmers Market’s Dampa section.

Filipino Films Win Big at Worldfest-Houston Int’l Film Festival

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Four (4) Filipino films gained international recognition at the 52nd Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival last April 13 at the WorldFest Remi Awards Gala at the HQ Westin Hotel in Houston, Texas.

ABS-CBN’s period film “Quezon’s Game” directed by Matthew Rosen brought home the Best International Feature, Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2018 Best Picture “Rainbow’s Sunset” directed by Joel Lamangan received the Special Jury Prize, and Cinemalaya 2018 film “School Service” directed by Louie Ignacio and award-winning short film “Judgement” directed by Raymund Ribay Guttierez won Gold Remi Awards.

Ai-Ai delas Alas in "School Service" (Photo from IMDb)

“Quezon’s Game” also bagged the Special Jury Award and the Gold Remi Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Director.

Meanwhile, “Rainbow’s Sunset” screenwriter Eric Ramos was awarded the Gold Remi Award for Best Story Innovation. Moreover, Eddie Garcia and Tony Mabesa were acclaimed as Best Actors for their performance in “Rainbow’s Sunset.”

In line with its mission to promote Filipino films and talents globally, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the country’s film agency, takes pride in the triumphs of the Filipino films and film personalities that emerged victorious at the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival.

“It’s always an honor to see our films being represented and given recognition internationally. The victory of Filipino films, filmmakers, and actors in the recent Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival is a big win for us, and we are truly happy that they continue to bring honor to our country and our local film industry,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño.

The Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival is the world's oldest independent film festival and the third longest-running international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York.

Musica FEUropa Choral Competition on May 25 and 26

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MUSICA FEUROPA, Far Eastern University’s annual choral competition and festival with the European Union in the Philippines as its principal partner, grows in size and stature every year.

The key criterion of MUSICA FEUROPA is that each choir has to perform two songs: one song of their choice written in an official European Union language, and one piece written in any Filipino Language.

From just four choirs in 2009 mostly from the City of Manila, the number rose to an all-time high of thirty one choirs hailing from all over the Philippines. What used to be a competition for college choirs expanded to two categories: High School and Open including but not limited to university, church, company, government and other ensembles. Musica FEUROPA has become one of the definitive choral competitions in the Philippines.

As Musica FEUROPA begins its second decade, some notable changes will be implemented to intensify the competition. The High School Category expands to a Teen Category to include youth between thirteen and nineteen years of age. Like last year, the top three finalists of each category will compete for the title of Grand Champion.

Also, the tutti finale of the European Union Hymn will be sung in German.

Saunder Choi, an acclaimed Filipino composer was commissioned for a competition piece to be performed in the Grand Finals. The piece entitled “El Vasto Mar” will convey how music can serve as a universal language to promote and sustain unity, peace and harmony among different nations. The text of the piece is lifted from Sampaguitas Y Poesia Varias, written by Pedro Paterno.

This year, ten (10) choirs from the Open Category and five (5) from the Teen Category will compete in MusicaFEUropa 11.

The winner will be determined by esteemed Filipino choral conductors and clinicians.

The semifinalists from the Teen Category will be adjudicated by Arwin Tan, Rodolfo Delarmente, and Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan, while Lester Delgado, Jude Roldan, and Emmanuel De Leon, Jr. will adjudicate the Open Category.

The Grand Champion will be decided by Prof. Fidel Calalang, Jr., Dr. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng, Dr. Ed Manguiat, Ma. Lourdes Hermo, and Ramon Lijauco, Jr.

The Grand Champion shall take home PhP100,000.00 and a trophy. The First Runner Up and Second Runner Up will receive PhP30,000.00 and PhP20,000 respectively, together with a trophy. A consolation prize of PhP10,000.00 will be given to the remaining grand finalists.

Musica FEUROPA 11 will be on May 25 and 26, 2019 in the recently retrofitted Auditorium of Far Eastern University, Manila.

Free tickets may be downloaded from Ticket2Me, a ticketing app available for download in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android devices.

Musica FEUROPA 11 is also brought to you by 98.7 DZFE FM and the German Embassy Manila

Follow Musica FEUROPA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates.

You may also call the PCC Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, at (632) 849-4145

FEU's President's Committee on Culture Presents the FEU Bamboo Band in A Toast to Broadway on May 4

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Far Eastern University President’s Committee on Culture presents the FEU Bamboo Band in a concert entitled, “A Toast to Broadway” on Saturday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the historic FEU Auditorium. Known as the cultural center of the Philippines in the 1950’s, the FEU Auditorium celebrates its 70th Anniversary throughout 2019.

The FEU Bamboo Band is composed of students from the different institutes of Far Eastern University under the artistic direction of Norberto Cads, who is celebrating his 10th anniversary with FEU. Mr. Cads has extensive knowledge on bamboo music and has participated in numerous international expositions and festivals together with the Banda Kawayan Pilipinas. He trains his members in various genres of music. The culmination of a whole academic year’s worth of rehearsals taught the members masterpieces from iconic Broadway musicals.

“A Toast to Broadway” features classics from musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, Wicked, and Les Miserables on bamboo instruments. The concert celebrates these enchanting hits from Broadway Musicals but also highlights the talented members of the group who are all non music majors. The concert will reinforce to the audience that theatrical music is accessible to everyone, is enjoyable and can be performed on bamboo instruments.

The concert will be further electrified by two exceptional artists namely Mr. Raymond Gorospe and Ms. Banaue Miclat Janssen. Mr. Raymond Gorospe is a host, commercial model, and 2015 WCOPA (World Championships of Performing Arts) multi medallist including Silver Medals for the Gospel and Broadway Vocals Categories. Ms. Banaue Miclat Janssen is a professional performer who has won three Aliw Awards for Best Performance for a New Concept Production, most recently for her performance in Ginugunita Kita in the FEU Auditorium, the Best Actress Award from the Metropolitan Opera Getty Awards for her role in “Salome”, and a Best Actress citation for New York University’s First Run Film Festival for “Giving Care”. She is a professor in the University of the Philippines Diliman’s Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts. She is the current Artistic Director of Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas (DUP) and the UP Playwrights’ Theatre (UPPT).

“A Toast to Broadway” is a free concert that also celebrates the ninety first year of Far Eastern University. Tickets may be downloaded from, a ticketing app available for download in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android devices.

For more information about the concert, FEU’s Cultural Groups and other upcoming performances, please visit and like the FEU President’s Committee on Culture Facebook Page, or download the FEU Cultural App.

You may also call the PCC Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, at (632) 849-4145

FEU and the Heritage Conaervation Society All Set for Significance in the Details Lecture on May 4

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For the first time since the merry month of May was dubbed National Heritage Month, the Heritage Conservation Society (HCS) has swung into the mood of things for National Heritage Month, organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and partnered with Far Eastern University (FEU) for an afternoon of learning, capped by a light hearted concert, a tribute to Broadway, at the university’s auditorium.

The heritage event, entitled, “Significance in the Details: Identifying Values in Heritage Sites and Structures” is comprised of two lectures and a highly informative walkabout talk through the 91- year old university.

The talks are sequenced in such a way that the audience will be taken from a basic understanding of the Heritage Law, ( The Significant Other: The Heritage Law Beyond Presumptions by HCS President, Atty. Mark Evidente) to a virtual experience ( The Relevance of Digital Scanning in Documenting Heritage Structures by Conrad Alampay, HCS trustee and President of Digiscript Inc.), and finally a tactile experiencing of structural details, with a walkabout led by FEU’s Director of the President’s Committee on Culture, Martin Lopez, as he points out the well-preserved Art Deco details of this 91 - year old declared heritage structure.

“As generations come and go, it is important to keep re-introducing the idea of heritage preservation and educating them on the value of our nation’s built heritage in relation to our country’s history,” explains HCS Chairperson Liliane Rejante Manahan. “These aren’t just old buildings. There is a significant memory attached to each of the structures. When a structure of significance is physically lost and replaced by something else,  the landscape changes, the memory is lost, and all this generation will remember will be a watered down story represented by whatever stands in its place….perhaps a burger joint.”

“Significance in the Details” will be held at the PCC Center Studio, Far Eastern University on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 1:30-5:00 p.m., followed by “A Toast to Broadway,” at the FEU Auditorium at 6 p.m.

Entrance fees: P400.00, inclusive of a light snack. Only 120 seats available.

Register online:

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Sessions: Night of Magical Wander

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Follow the voices into the night and see what's yonder.

Sessions: Night of Magical Wander, happening this 4th of May from 6:00 PM to 12:00 MN, at Patio de Manila.

Dare to wander into the night of magical melodies?

Grab your tickets now!

- Pre-selling at PHP 300
- Walk-ins at PHP 350

For further inquiries and concerns, you may contact, Mr. Trubby Evasco at 0955 877 4028 or email him at


How to Be Bigger Than Any Challenge Life Gives You

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Cobra PH brings a different light to true strength, and urges a challenge to take on new ones boldly – and with stronger resolve

Enduring daily traffic and long hours at work, taking responsibility for the whole family even at a young age, constantly building and rebuilding whenever in the face of calamities – over and over again, Filipinos have proven themselves to be resilient and steadfast amidst challenges. We remain strong and persevering, and in return, even make inspirational success stories out of them.

These are stories that are motivated by Filipinos’ sheer will and determination; values that are ingrained to reveal the true definition of strength.

#AngatAngLakasMo with Cobra

Through its recently launched campaign, Cobra Energy Drink highlights the importance of finding one’s true strength and encourages more Filipinos to elevate themselves and be bigger than any of life’s challenges.

“As the country’s number one energy drink, we continuously make efforts to give you the value you deserve. We are in high hopes we exemplified and elevated the strength of every Filipino especially as we celebrate Labor Day through the Cobra #TitanChallenge that serves as an avenue to prove how we conquer life’s challenges,” Marketing Manager- CSD Dan Ong shares.

Cobra #TitanChallenge

With actor, director, film producer and brand ambassador Coco Martin, Cobra Energy Drink celebrates the launch of the Titan campaign this April – tapping on key personalities and influencers who shared their own larger than life experiences on social media and even as erected along Edsa-Balintawak – Coco Martin taking on the challenge.

Find out how Filipinos rise above and be bigger than their challenges – the Cobra way with our official hashtags #AngatAngLakasMo #TitanChallenge. Winning entries will be announced on May 3, 2019 on Cobra’s Facebook page.

Cobra Energy Drink is now available in 5 variants: Cobra Original; Cobra Berry for instant energy; Cobra Fit with ActivBurn technology plus L-Carinitine to burn calories; Cobra Smart with ginkgo biloba for instant brainergy; and the all-new Cobra +Plus Vitamin C Defense for stronger immunity.

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Lav Diaz Film to Premiere in Cannes Film Fest

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Cover photo from "Ang Hupa"'s Facebook page

“The Halt” (“Ang Hupa”), the new feature film by Berlinale’s Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize winner Lav Diaz, joins this year’s lineup of films for the prestigious Director’s Fortnight, a non-competitive film showcase that runs alongside the Cannes Film Festival.

Co-produced by Spring Films and Sine Olivia Pilipinas and distributed by ARP Selection of France, “The Halt” is set in the year 2034 AD and revolves around Southeast Asia which has been “in the dark for the last three years, literally, because the sun hasn’t shone as a result of massive volcanic eruptions at the Celebes Sea in 2031. Madmen control countries, communities, enclaves and bubble cities. Cataclysmic epidemics razed over the continent. Millions have died and millions have left." The film stars Piolo Pascual, Shaina Magdayao, Joel Lamangan, Pinky Amador, and Hazel Orencio.

For the first time, multi-awarded filmmaker Diaz will participate in the Director’s Fortnight showcase this year. His cast and production team will join him to Cannes to take part in the Festival.

To further promote the growth of Philippine cinema in an international level, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will provide travel assistance for selected Filipino films which will participate in Cannes through the International Film Festival Assistance Program (IFFAP) under the International Relations Division.

“Championing Philippine cinema in the international scene is one of our goals, and the participation of our films in the Cannes Film Festival this year makes the celebration of the One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema even more relevant. We are delighted to provide assistance to our filmmakers and give them the chance to further explore opportunities for international film collaborations through this prestigious film festival,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño.

On the other hand, Johanna Pyykkö’s “The Manila Lover” which is co-produced by Epicmedia (Philippines) and Barbosa Film (Norway) has been selected for the 58th La Semaine de la Critique (The International Critics' Week), a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival that aims to discover emerging talents. “The Manila Lover” lead actress Angeli Bayani will go to Cannes to participate in the Festival.

Mapúa graduate Celina Mae Medina’s thesis film “Ophelia” will also be presented at the Cannes Short Film Corner as part of the market screenings.

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the three most prestigious film festivals in the world, along with the Venice Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival.

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival will happen from May 14 to 25, 2019 in Cannes, France, the Director’s Fortnight will take place from May 15 to 25, 2019, while the Short Film Corner will be from May 20 to 25, 2019.

PHLPost Releases Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee Birth Centenary Stamps

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The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) launched a new commemorative stamp featuring former Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee.

Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee was born on April 18, 1918. He served as the Philippines’ 16th Chief Justice, from 1987 to 1988. Scoring 94.35%, Teehankee was a prolific scholar. He became the first Atenean bar topnotcher in 1940 where he received his Law Degree from Ateneo de Manila.

In 1967, Teehankee was appointed as Secretary of Justice, and in the following year, he was then appointed as Associate Justice. In 1986, he was finally appointed to the position of Chief Justice by then President Corazon Aquino.

In his later years, Teehankee served the country by accepting the appointment as the Philippines’ ambassador to the United Nations. He passed away from cancer on November 27, 1989 at the age 71. His remains are interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

The stamp features the Artist rendition of Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee and its official Centenary logo. In house graphic artist Victorino Z. Serevo designed the stamps. PHLPost has printed 25,000 copies of the single design P12 commemorative stamps.

Stamps and Official First Day Cover of the 100 Birth Centenary of Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee will be available starting April 18, 2019 at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio 1000, Manila and all other Postal Areas of the Philippine Postal Corporation.

MARINA, DTI to Develop Standards for Shipbuilding, Ship Repair Sector

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The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to develop the Philippine National Standards (PNS) for the shipbuilding and ship repair (SBSR) sector.

The MARINA-DTI joint technical committee will formulate the PNS for the SBSR sector to ensure the quality and competitiveness of Philippine-SBSR services through sustainable business processes as envisioned in the 10-year maritime industry development plan (MIDP), specifically under priority program #5 or the establishment of a global maritime hub.

Currently, Philippine shipyards are required to acquire certifications from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the commitment to do environment-friendly practices; the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) for the safety workplace against fire accidents; and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for the welfare of the workers.

With the PNS, the shipyards will also be required to meet the minimum international standards to ensure the quality and safety of Philippine-made vessels.

The DTI fully supports the MARINA on its efforts to modernize the SBSR industry, noting that it will help alleviate poverty, attract foreign investments, and achieve the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022.

On 08 May 2019, the MARINA will conduct a consultation with SBSR stakeholders in Mindanao to discuss the development of the PNS, specifically on ship design.

Aside from the DTI, the development of the PNS for the SBSR sector is also supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and several private partners.

DMCI Homes Innovative Website Bags Gold in 6th Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

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Premier Quadruple A developer DMCI Homes has gained international recognition for its innovative website, winning the Gold Award in the Innovation in Business Information or Application Websites category of the sixth annual Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards.

The Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards, the only awards program to recognize innovation in business throughout the entire Asia-Pacific region, commended DMCI Homes for its website innovations which were geared to improve user experience.

More than its enhanced design, engaging content, and interactive features, judges cited the easy access of information by users as a key element of the website as it is seen to benefit business in the long run by attracting more visitors to the portal.

“We are honored and grateful for this award as we see it as not only a recognition of the quality of our digital marketing work but more importantly an acknowledgment of our company’s continuing effort to enhance our services to our customers,” DMCI Homes Digital Unit Head Fritz Geremia said.

The redesigned website was launched in March this year to address the needs and concerns of both property hunters and unit owners.

DMCI Homes restructured its website by using the behavior of visitors, enhanced tools, and intuitive search functions to promote a more engaging user experience.

These features include a virtually live unit availability summary which gives users an idea on the current available units.

Geography-based targeting campaigns, meanwhile, show properties to visitors based on their preferred or current location.

Likewise, the Compare Properties feature has been further enhanced by allowing users to compare available units so they can choose the one that is the best fit for their needs.

DMCI Homes and other winners of the 2019 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards from the 29 nations of the Asia Pacific region are set to receive their awards on May 31 at the InterContinental Hotel in Singapore.

5 Healthy Drinks To Get You Out of the Friday Slump

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Everyone’s been there, the arrival of a food coma: head nodding, eyelids drooping and a mind wandering, refusing to think about anything but sleep. At this point in time, it is almost impossible to concentrate, it is tempting to reach for that second – or third – cup of coffee. The smell of a freshly-brewed coffee and a warm cup in your hands, it is all so good… until it’s not. Research has shown the detrimental effects of what caffeinated beverages can bring to your body.

The good news is, there are some amazing alternatives out there to help combat your mid-day slump, without leaving you with the jitters and harsh crash that caffeine does. On behalf of Speciality & Fine Food Asia (SFFA) and Restaurant, Pub & Bar Asia (RPB Asia) 2019, here are some healthy pick-me-up options to switch out your usual cuppa (and where to find them):

Tea (Essemble Specialties – ALTHAUS)

No matter the occasion or weather conditions, tea can be a tasty beverage, served iced or hot. But its benefits go far beyond refreshment. There is plenty of research showing that drinking tea can improve your health – boosting your immune system, helping with weight loss, contains antioxidants, yet still providing that jolt of caffeine. Combining the demands for highest product quality with modern production methods, old tea traditions with surprisingly new tea compositions, indulge your tea with ALTHAUS’ Deli Pack – offered in a perfect pre-portioned option for a convenient and quick pick-me-up.

Coconut Water (Siam Coco – COCOLOCO)

Started as a small family business, Siam Coco has grown from distributing fresh coconuts to restaurants in to manufacturing and distributing Singapore’s first organic coconut water COCOLOCO. This natural low-calorie beverage is known for its concentrations of electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, especially its high content of potassium. More effective at hydrating the human body than energy drinks, sip away with COCOLOCO’s coconut water for a refreshing, caffeine-free afternoon beverage on a hot day!

Cacao Tea (Sparky Products – Benns Chocolate)

From bean to tea, Benns Chocolate produces cacao tea, a chocolate tea made from the highest quality cacao husks and nibs – skillfully roasted, winnowed and blended. Containing theobromine, a natural stimulant with a gentle slow-release effect and ‘bliss chemical’ anandamide, Benns Chocolate’s all-natural cacao tea will not only be able to curb your caffeine addiction but also satisfy your unbeatable chocolate cravings. Low-calorie, guilt-free and delicious, pick up a box of cacao tea from Benn’s – a perfect little midday treat.

Apple Cider Vinegar (Willy’s)

More than just an ancient folk remedy for an upset stomach, Willy’s believes that apple cider vinegar is more than that. One of nature’s gifts made from the humble apple, this drink contains friendly, probiotic bacteria that not only provides a boost of energy but also aids digestion issues. Not only that, Willy’s is also all about sustainability, from farming methods to their aim at zero waste. Remember, the next time you need that energy kick, just a 25ml diluted dose of this golden liquid from Willy’s Organic daily will do the trick. Like they say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away!

Kombucha (YOCHA)

Born out of a desire to help people get back to feeling great, YOCHA’s kombucha is chock full of a variety of 100% natural probiotics, acetic acid and antioxidants. This beverage brings about an array of health benefits – boosting your immune system, aids in weight loss, detoxification and most importantly, increases your energy level. Packed full of nutrition and probiotics in a bottle, sip your way to a healthier gut with YOCHA Kombucha and start feeling good from the inside out today.

Coming 17-19 July, catch these brand features exhibiting at the SFFA and RPB Asia – the leading trade show for artisan, gourmet and fine food & drink!

MARINA Hosts 144th Maritime Forum

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To strengthen inter-agency collaboration for the enhancement of the country’s maritime industry, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), in collaboration with the Maritime League, hosted the 144thmaritime forum in Manila today, 26 April 2019.

MARINA OIC – Administrator Vice Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr welcomed the government and private sector partners of the Maritime League and reiterated the MARINA’s support to the non-profit maritime foundation through information sharing, cooperation, and unity.

“I look forward to more harmonious efforts such as this forum in advancing the maritime interest of the Philippines towards becoming a strong maritime nation,” Vice Admiral Vingson said.

The MARINA presented the latest initiatives to promote the welfare of the seafarers, including the implementation of the Executive Order No. 63, the MARINA Integrated System Management Online (MISMO), as well as the revised policies, standards, and guidelines (PSG) on the conduct of the Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) and the Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE).

The MARINA also discussed updates on the 10-year maritime industry development plan (MIDP), including the activities conducted during the first quarter of 2019 which were aligned to the objectives of the MIDP’s eight priority programs.

Several initiatives highlighted included the newly-opened Roll-on / Roll-off routes for the improvement of the country’s Road RoRo Terminal System (RRTS), awareness campaigns on maritime tourism, progress on the establishment of the first-ever Coastal and Inland Waterways Transport System (CIWTS) as a response to land-based traffic condition, collaborative meetings with public and private stakeholders on the realization of the Philippine’s global maritime hub, as well as the rules and regulations on maritime safety and maritime security.

Since 1990, the Maritime League advances the interest of the country’s maritime sector and promotes maritime safety and industry development through various communication efforts such as the regular conduct of the maritime forum.

MARINA Hosts Training, Write-Shop for IMSAS 2021

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To further improve the implementation of international standards in the country’s maritime industry, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) hosted another training course and write-shop for auditors under the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS).

On 22-27 April 2019, training expert from IMO and the International Maritime Safety Security Environment Academy (IMSSEA) Mourad Ghorbel, discussed the roles and responsibilities of the audit team, the audit preparation and processes among others. He also trained the auditors in recognizing and resolving potential challenges that may be encountered during the audit processes.

The two-day write-shop on 29-30 April 2019, on the other hand, is allotted for the drafting of the country’s pre-audit questionnaire and national maritime strategy to ensure that its international obligations and responsibilities as a flag, port and coastal State are met.

MARINA Officer-in-Charge Vice Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr believed that the continuous support of various government agencies in the country’s preparation for the IMSAS audit in 2021 is vital in the enhancement of the Philippine maritime industry.

“Let us work together in concretizing our actions and schemes to enhance maritime safety, ensure marine environment protection, and effectively implement mandatory IMO instruments that guide our ship operations into complying with international standards,” Vice Admiral Vingson said.

The training course is participated by representatives from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) and Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).

The IMO conducts IMSAS to provide member states, such as the Philippines, with comprehensive and objective assessment on the implementation and enforcement of mandatory IMO instruments pertaining to safety of life at sea, prevention of pollution from ships, regulations for preventing collisions at sea, load lines, and tonnage measurement of ships and standards of training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers.

Joni Villanueva Tops Survey for Bocaue Mayor

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Mayor Joni Villanueva overwhelmingly topped the survey over her rival in the mayoralty race in Bocaue. 

The survey, which was administered by independent pollster Smart Research Services, Inc. showed that Villanueva obtained a 76 percent votes compared to the 19 percent received by her opponent Jim Valerio. The voting trend holds trueacross barangays, socio- economic class, gender and age- group.

This was based on the non-commissioned survey dated March 18-19, 2019.

The survey also noted Mayor Joni Villanueva’s impressive Net Satisfaction Rating (NSR) at 84 percent, the pollster said “with an excellent NSR, it is not surprising that Joni Villanueva is dominating the mayoral race in Bocaue in the coming May 2019 elections”.

Mayor Villanueva is elated and at the same time humbled that she is the top choice for all age group, socio- economic class and gender. She said this is proof that her programs are being felt by the people of Bocaue.

“I would like to thank the people of Bocaue who participated in the survey and expressed their trust, support and appreciation to what I have done for Bocaue. The overwhelming support I receive from Bocauenos gives me inspiration and strength to move forward with my vision of a progressive Bocaue.”

With the positive result of the survey, Villanueva vowed to carry on with the programs she had implemented as local chief executive “If I am given a fresh mandate projects that aim to uplift the lives of the people like the public hospital, river dike, housing for the indigents, and other vital infrastructure projects will continue.”

LoveYourself Launches Cozy HIV Testing Center in Cebu

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CEBU’S FIRST HIV COMMUNITY CENTER:LoveYourself White House opened on 27 April as the newest addition to LoveYourself’s growing community. The center’s press launched was graced by (L-R) LoveYourself Senior Director Christopher Lagman, LoveYourself Executive Director Ronivin Pagtakahan, LoveYourself newest brand ambassador and singer Karencitta, Department of Health-Regional 7 Regional Coordinator Dr. Van Philip Baton, and LoveYourself Cebu Head Jan Shaltiel Estrada.

After seven years of serving the Greater Manila Area, the LoveYourself, Inc. officially launches today (27 April) its first community center in Cebu City – the LoveYourself White House.

By establishing a community center in Cebu, LoveYourself focuses its attention to the growing number of HIV cases in Central Visayas, since it already shared 9% (5,773) of the total number of persons living with HIV (PLHIV) since 1984. Throughout the country, there are already 38 HIV diagnoses a day.

To augment the efforts not only in Cebu but throughout the region, LoveYourself White House provides free and confidential HIV testing and treatment, including education, counseling and life coaching.

Interestingly, the new community center also offers a co-working space with contemporary and hip ambiance that caters to the distinctive taste of Cebuanos. The center also brews free coffee for waiting clients, while either enjoying the wifi services or the murals.

During the press launch, LoveYourself unveiled Karencitta as its newest brand ambassador in addition to Miss Universe 2015 and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray. Karencitta is a Cebuana talent who made a wave in the Philippine music industry through her songs and artistry.

LoveYourself also invited the Department of Health-Region Vll Regional Coordinator Dr. Van Philip Baton to discuss the HIV situation in Cebu and the efforts that the government is doing to curb the epidemic.

LoveYourself founders Ronivin Pagtakhan and Christopher Lagman explained LoveYourself’s humble beginnings and how its young community was able to make an impact to the advocacy here and abroad. Both founders looked forward to the contribution that LoveYourself could make in Cebu in the years to come.

For Cebuanos who want to get themselves checked, LoveYourself White House is located at 40 Don Julio Llorente St., Cebu City. The center is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m. with contact number (032) 367-7016.

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SONG FOR THE HIV CAUSE:During the press launch of the LoveYourself White House on Saturday (27 April), Cebuana pop singer Karencitta announces that she has been thinking of writing a song for the HIV advocacy. The Cebuana singer is LoveYourself’s newest brand ambassador, specifically catering to the organization’s Cebu clientele.

CEBU SITUATIONER: Dr. Van Philip Baton talks about the Cebu province’s reported cases which already reached 5,179 since 1984. According to Dr. Baton, it is 92% of all cases in Region 7. Demographically, Dr. Baton said 38% of the cases in the region are people who inject drugs and 30% are men having sex with men.
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