Saturday, February 25, 2023

Buy Happiness this 3.3 Mega Sale with these fantastic deals from Samsung

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We all know the saying that ‘money can’t buy happiness’, but whenever we score amazing deals, there’s no denying how ecstatic we are!

From February 24 to March 3, you can indulge and treat yourself and your loved ones with these amazing deals from Samsung – empowering you to buy happiness as you enjoy epic discounts up to 50% as part of the 3.3 Mega Sale only on Shopee and Lazada!


Get Awesome with these mega deals for the Samsung A series!

Get awesome this March 3 as Samsung is offering discounts to their Galaxy A series, including a 22% discount for the Galaxy A13 5G (4GB RAM / 128GB memory), a 21% discount for the Galaxy A13 (4GB RAM / 128GB memory), and a 20% discount for the Galaxy A33 5G (6GB RAM / 128GB memory).

The Galaxy A13 5G is an awesome value smartphone within reach, featuring a 90Hz real smooth display that allows you to have the ultimate viewing experience while watching videos or scrolling through your Insta feed. It comes in colors Black, White, Light Blue, and Orange, and has a Triple Camera of up to 50 megapixels to capture awesome moments with full detail.

If you are an avid photographer searching for wide angles, the Galaxy A13 features a Quad Camera with an Ultra-Wide lens and a 50-megapixel main camera. It also features an awesome battery that lasts up to 2 days, perfect for the adventure traveler.

Awesome always wins with the Galaxy A33 5G that features a 5nm Octa-core processor fit for the heavy-duty multitasker who needs a fast and reliable smartphone. The Galaxy A33 5G now features OIS, which allows you to take your videos even at night while maintaining its crisp and smooth image. The A33 5G also features Dolby Atmos sound, perfect for the music lover on the go.

Awesome Finds for every lifestyle with these Discounts for Galaxy Tabs, Buds, and Watches

For those looking for a tablet companion, be it for reading or creating art, Samsung is offering a 25% discount for the Galaxy Tab A8 WiFi, which features a 10.5” wide display with 10.2mm symmetric bezel perfect for an awesome reading experience. For the avid rocker, the tablet features amazing quad speakers powered by Dolby Atmos surround sound. Digital artists can also look forward to this tab’s Octa core processor with up to 4GB RAM and 128GB memory, allowing you to smoothly draw anything you can dream of.

Music lovers on the go are going to love this 50% discount on the Galaxy Buds Live, which features an iconic and ergonomic design which snugly fits in your ear. The buds also have live sound with Active Noise Cancelling, which gives you the ultimate music experience everywhere you go, in every sound level.

Reach your fitness goals with the Galaxy Watch4 this Mega 3.3 for a 50% discount! The Galaxy Watch4 is the perfect smartwatch for the ultimate fitness challenger, with a 40mm display that features Samsung’s BioActive Sensor, built to monitor your blood pressure, detect irregular heart rhythm (AFib), blood oxygen, and body composition. You can also connect this watch with LTE networks, WIFI, and even Bluetooth. Choose colors of Black, Pink Gold, and Silver for that fashionable touch.

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Friday, February 24, 2023

BingoPlus supports golf to fulfill its mission of promoting Pinoy sports and other leisure activities

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BingoPlus, the first and only live-streaming bingo in the Philippines, now supports golf tournaments to follow through on its commitment to promote Filipino sports entertainment and other favorite Pinoy recreational activities.

The brand has been an active sponsor of professional basketball conferences, sports teams, beauty pageants, musical performances, and performers as well as traditional Filipino cultural festivals like the Sinulog in Cebu and MassKara in Bacolod, BingoPlus has made golf its pet project this February.

To foster more partnerships, BingoPlus is one of the Platinum sponsors of the 51st Golden Tee Invitational Tournament at Manila Golf and Country Club, which was held on February 9. In addition, as a sign of commitment BingoPlus will be one of the Titanium Sponsors of the Third Zamora Cup Invitational Tournament at the Wack-Wack Golf & Country Club on February 23.

AB Leisure Exponent Inc. President Jasper Vicencio said BingoPlus is really trying its best to fulfill its mission of promoting the country’s different types of leisure activities because it wants to contribute to a society with a good work-life balance.

“The nature of our business is leisure and offering the Filipino ways to live a relaxed, well-balanced life gives us fulfillment in what we do. Golf is about the three C’s of camaraderie, connections, and charity. It is a strategic game as well as a game of skill, accuracy, and concentration that imparts many values. We want to give back to the community by participating in this mental, high-level game that allows us to contribute to charitable causes.”

Vicencio added that BingoPlus is honored to be supporting the two prestigious golf tournaments because it will allow the brand to reach out to privileged groups and the sectors that they want to help out.

“Being part of these prestigious golf tournaments allows our brand to participate in the worthy causes that organizers contribute to. We look forward to further collaborating with them and fellow sponsors to promote the sport and align with their respective business inclinations as well. We see leisure fulfilling a deeper mission for the country. As a leisure company we strongly believe that creating a society of relaxed, happy individuals will ultimately result in a productive citizenry, ” Vicencio concluded.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

SUNRISE: A preview to Sheraton Manila Bay’s upcoming dining destination

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Sheraton Manila Bay teased with a sneak peak of the signature culinary and cocktail offerings of its upcoming all day dining restaurant with a one-night only event entitled “Sunrise: A Prelude to Manila Bay Kitchen” in partnership with Bacardi held at &More by Sheraton.
Taking inspiration from the concept of sunrise as a symbol of birth, growth, and new beginnings. The event offers a glimpse and taste of Manila’s newest, premier culinary destination to be, similar as to how the beauty of Manila Bay sunrise offers a preview of its world-famous magnificent sunset.

Guests, gourmands, and media partners delight in bespoke cocktails and mocktails including Manila Bay Kitchen signature Bay Side, Purple Sham, Peach Mango Freeze, and Sky Gil Fizz made of Bacardi White. While the hotel’s culinary team showcase an extensive spread of Manila Bay Kitchen signature cuisine which include Pork Adobo Arancini, Braised Octopus, Unagi Roll, Salmon and Beetroot Tartine, Pork Kurobuta, Cajun Chicken and Salami Pizza, Wagyu Beef Slider, Lamb Kebab with Cucumber Yoghurt, and delectable desserts such as Affogato Cake, Passion Fruit Temptation, and Chocolate Decadence Cake.

Upping the ante, the Sunrise event also features the masterpieces of the renowned Blanco Family Museum from Angono, the Art capital of the Philippines. The “Colors of Dawn” exhibition featured select artworks of Jan Perez Blanco, Justin Blanco, and Lemuel Blanco representing three generations of artists all hailing from the late Folk muralist and National Artist Nominee Jose “Pitok” Blanco.

The event was hosted by Sheraton Manila Bay’s Marketing Communications Manager, Stephanie Cabrejas and was officially opened by the hotel’s General Manager, Richard Masselin.

The Sunrise event is part of the &More by Sheraton #DiscoveryMoments which are a series of curated culinary events that allow diners to explore various flavors and tastes from distinctive ingredients, fusion cuisines, and unique gourmet creations brought to you by our seasoned culinary team and our premium partner brands.

Sheraton Manila Bay is located at M. Adriatico cor. Gen. Malvar Streets, Malate, Manila. For reservation please call +632 5318 0788 or email Like us on Facebook and Instagram @sheratonmanilabay and Twitter at @sheratonmnlbay.

DOST scholarships await Marawi students thru new DOST-SEI, MSU MoA

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REHABILITATION THROUGH SCIENCE EDUCATION. DOST-SEI and MSU formalize their partnership to provide more S&T scholarships for MSU students under the Bangon Marawi Program. Photo courtesy of MSU.

Marawi’s rehabilitation continues with strengthened science education.

On January 31, 2023, the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) and the Mindanao State University (MSU) System renewed their memorandum of agreement (MoA) for the Bangon Marawi Program in Science and Technology Human Resource Development.

Through the program, more students from Marawi City and nearby towns can pursue their degrees as DOST scholars. “Education is a powerful tool for development, and a fundamental right for all young people, especially those affected by the conflict,” DOST-SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo said.

In Bangon Marawi, the DOST-SEI prioritizes applicants who were directly affected by the siege.

The DOST-SEI and MSU first inked a partnership in 2018. In its five-year run, over 500 scholarship slots have been awarded to MSU students and faculty taking up science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Almost 400 have finished their studies, with around 70 scholars marching with high honors.

Right after the MoA signing, 73 new scholars signed their scholarship agreement, becoming the first batch of qualifiers for the approved 200 slots for the year. The remaining slots will be awarded to qualifiers of the March 2023 examination.

FROM MARAWI SIEGE TO OPPORTUNITY SIEZED. DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo welcomes new Bangon Marawi scholars at the scholars’ orientation and contract signing held on January 31, 2023, at the Mindanao State University (MSU)-Marawi Main Campus.

MSU System President Atty. Basari Mapupuno reiterated the University’s support to the program. “Bangon Marawi is a blessing not only to MSU but to numerous individuals who have been aided by this endeavor.”

Bangon Marawi scholars enjoy the same privileges accorded to DOST scholars, such as book and thesis allowance; accident insurance; and a monthly stipend of P7,000 for undergraduate students and P25,000 and P33,000 for MS and Ph.D. students. The DOST-SEI also covers graduate students’ tuition fees and provide research grants of up to P475,000.

New undergraduate scholars Soraya Al-Obinay and Aiman Cayongcat, who lived in Marawi’s “ground zero” during the siege, were overjoyed at the opportunity. For Soraya, the Bangon Marawi scholarship is an answered prayer. Her family had been struggling financially after losing their business. Aiman added that the siege wasn’t the only challenge his family faced as the pandemic also hit them hard. He vowed to make the most of his scholarship. Both scholars intend to help their families, pursue graduate studies, and give back to their communities.

DOST Secretary Renato Solidum Jr. ensured the program’s continuity, emphasizing the significance of human and social infrastructures in Marawi’s rehabilitation. “By restoring people’s confidence in their abilities and assuring them that nothing, not even poverty, war, or a pandemic, can stop them from pursuing their dreams, we rebuild Marawi from within,” he said.

A Package of Hope: DOST’s Bangon Marawi Scholarship Program

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The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education institute (DOST-SEI) dedicates a special scholarship program for Marawi students, ensuring a stronger science culture in the region and strengthening S&T’s role in the city’s rehabilitation.

MARAWI RISES WITH MORE S&T SCHOLARS. DOST-SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo (2nd from left, front) welcomes new Bangon Marawi scholars at the orientation and scholarship agreement signing held on January 31, 2023, at MSU.

THE ROAD TO MARAWI isn’t filled with product advertisements or political posters, but with an unusual number of banners congratulating graduates and board passers. Even first-time travelers get the message loud and clear – the Maranaos highly value education. It’s not surprising that after the 2017 Marawi siege, one of the most disheartening realizations for many residents is that it would be more challenging to finish education.

Jafar Lomantong knew this all too well. He was in senior high school when the armed conflict broke out. Losing their family’s small business meant he had to live with his relatives to continue schooling. While the effects of war only amplified his desire to finish school, he was aware the journey would be more difficult, especially with ten siblings in the family. In 2019, while taking his BS in Biology at Mindanao State University (MSU), he learned about the DOST-SEI Bangon Marawi Program in Science and Technology Human Resource Development. He immediately applied and qualified.

A package of hope

DOST scholarships are often described as a package of opportunities. Aside from a monthly stipend, book and thesis allowances, and training opportunities, scholars enter the world of work with the advantage of a DOST stamp.

The Bangon Marawi Program, however, is more apt to be called a package of hope. Since its implementation in 2017, it has given hope to more than 500 science scholars.

“Some things are equally, if not more important than getting shelter and livelihood back after a catastrophe. For instance, people’s hopes and dreams. Bangon Marawi scholarships are meant to fuel these,” said DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo.

Jonaimah Mangorangca, another Bangon Marawi scholar, narrated how COVID-19 made their situation worse. Still reeling from the effects of the siege, their family of eight had to endure more hardships as her parents lost their jobs at the height of the pandemic. Like Jafar and many other DOST scholars, she used her stipend to help her family.

The P7,000 monthly stipend for undergraduate scholars goes a long way especially in Marawi where cost of living is relatively low. Because of their stipend, Jafar and Jonaimah were able to catch up with synchronous learning, conduct experiments, buy tools for their theses, and even help friends who were also struggling that time.

“I appreciated DOST’s assistance the most during the pandemic,” Jafar recalled. “We received full stipend even when we couldn’t finish the semester. It did not only help in financing my education; it saved my family and friends.”

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THE DOST SCHOLARSHIPS ADVANTAGE. Aside from increasing the number of scholarship slots, the DOST-SEI continues to beef up its scholarship benefits.

Science for the people

Rebuilding Marawi takes many forms, and the DOST deemed it crucial to first empower those who know and love the city best – its residents.

So, when former DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña joined the government’s Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Bangon Marawi, he prioritized the creation of a sub-committee at the DOST and tapped the SEI to implement a scholarship program for the immediate members of families affected or displaced from their communities.

The program’s initial run was a challenge for both the DOST-SEI and the applicants. “We had to move fast because the students needed help immediately,” Dr. Biyo shared.

She quickly gathered a team of project staff and formed technical committees from DOST-SEI and its partner institution, the Mindanao State University (MSU) System.

The qualifying examinations were waived for the first few years and applicants only needed to submit documentary requirements. But even this had been difficult and costly for students because the city was still in ruins.

Despite all these, the DOST-SEI was able to award over 200 scholarships on its first year of implementation. Of this, 90% completed their studies on time.

SCIENCE FOR THE PEOPLE. In January 2018, former DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña signed DOST’s memorandum of agreement with MSU for the Bangon Marawi scholarship program. Three Mindanao State University (MSU) campuses agreed to deliver the scholarship programs: the MSU-Main Campus, the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), and the MSU-Lanao National College of Arts and Trades (MSU-LNCAT).

LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER. A Learning Resource Center (LRC) was established at the MSU-Main Campus to help Bangon Marawi and other DOST scholars in their academic requirements. The LRC is equipped with computers and printers.

Inspiring patriotism

The Bangon Marawi Program is not just about providing scholarships or rebuilding the city’s human resource capabilities; it’s also about regaining people’s trust and confidence in the government. It’s about inculcating love of country. It’s about giving back to the community that nurtured the scholars.

This was especially true for Jonaimah who once blamed the government for her family’s predicament. Not only did the scholarship change her perspective, but it also sparked her desire to take part in the city’s recovery.

FINDING HOPE. DOST-SEI Bangon Marawi scholar Jonaimah Mangorangca (2nd from right, back row) proudly completes her BS Biology degree. Photo courtesy of Jonaimah Mangorangca.

To reinforce the core values of professional excellence, social responsibility, and servant leadership, the DOST-SEI integrated its Filipino Patriot Scholars Project (FPSP) in the program. Scholars participated in various activities, such as values formation, community resilience, and leadership trainings.

PATRIOT SCHOLARS. Bangon Marawi scholars decide which body part to use in solving a specific problem in their community during Humanizing the Scholar activity of the 2-Day Scholars’ Formation Program.

It didn’t take long to see FPSP’s effect on the scholars. In March 2020, at the onset of the pandemic, several Bangon Marawi scholars organized a community outreach program, pooling funds from their scholarship benefits to buy relief packs, groceries, and other essentials that were distributed to families in Marawi.

One DOST for Marawi

In 2022, newly appointed DOST Secretary Renato Solidum Jr. pushed for the continuity of Bangon Marawi Program. Recognizing its accomplishments and the scholars’ crucial role in the city’s recovery, he requested the approval of 200 slots to be awarded the following year. The DOST-SEI also started administering qualifying examinations.

The first batch of 73 scholars signed their scholarship agreement on January 31, 2023, the same day DOST-SEI and MSU inked a new memorandum of agreement (MoA). To award the remaining 125 slots, the DOST-SEI will hold another exam in March 2023.

“We envision a science-based future for Marawi, and that can only happen if we support our talented S&T students now,” Sec. Solidum said. On top of S&T scholarships, the DOST has initiated various programs and research projects and turned over technologies for Marawi residents.

DOST-SEI AND MSU RENEWS PACT. The first batch of 73 new Bangon Marawi scholars signed their scholarship agreement as DOST-SEI and MSU ink a new memorandum of agreement for the special scholarship program. Photo courtesy of MSU.

The Bangon Marawi Program is now on its 6th year. It has produced almost 400 graduates. Some are already employed while others are either pursuing graduate studies or looking for jobs. Over 70 marched with Latin honors.

Originally meant to help students after the siege, the program has developed into a “long-term and sustainable solution” to uplift the lives of Marawi residents.

Jonaimah graduated last year and is preparing to get into medical school. She hopes to become a doctor in their province, while Jafar gears up to become a scientist. He now attends MSU Naawan Campus for his master’s degree in Marine Biology, a course he pursues to better contribute to his advocacy, the conservation of Lake Lanao.

For Jafar, his role as Bangon Marawi scholar is to help rebuild not just Marawi but the entire province of Lanao del Sur. “I will dedicate my profession in advancing communities. Whenever MSU or DOST needs me, I will serve.”

BUDDING CHANGEMAKERS. DOST-SEI Bangon Marawi scholar Jafar Lomantong (2nd from left) joins his fellow student-leaders in organizing a donation drive for typhoon Odette victims. Photo courtesy of Jafar Lomantong.

Dusit Hotels and Resorts officially announces its grand debut in Japan

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Dusit Hotels and Resorts officially announces its grand debut in Japan with a special showcase of its hotels opening soon – including the luxurious Dusit Thani Kyoto and lifestyle oriented ASAI Kyoto Shijo Thai hospitality company’s exciting plans for Japan were introduced at a special event at the Royal Thai Embassy in Tokyo, where company executives revealed new details about Dusit’s upcoming hotels in Kyoto and shared their vision to expand to more key cities, including Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo.

Among the highlights of the properties coming soon: a one-of-a-kind multi-sensory dining experience crafted by world-famous chefs, Bo Songvisava and Dylan Jones.

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, officially marked the debut of Dusit Hotels and Resorts in Japan with an exclusive preview of its upcoming properties – ASAI Kyoto Shijo and Dusit Thani Kyoto – which are set to open in June and September, respectively, bringing Dusit’s unique brand of Thai-inspired gracious hospitality to the country for the first time.

Leveraging more than 70 years of experience in operating award-winning hotels and resorts in key destinations worldwide, Dusit Hotels and Resorts’ milestone entries in Japan promise to bring unique stay and dining experiences inspired the four key pillars of Dusit Graciousness, including Service (personalised and gracious), Well-Being (delivering wellness experiences beyond the spa), Locality (uniquely linking guests with the local community), and Sustainability (social, environmental, and environmental).


Operating under Dusit’s flagship Dusit Thani brand, Dusit Thani Kyoto will offer a luxurious stay experience in the city’s Hanganji Monzen-machi district, only 850 meters from Kyoto Station and close to Nishi Honganji Temple (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and other major attractions.

Designed to be an urban sanctuary where Japanese tradition and gracious Thai hospitality are intrinsically interwoven and interpreted through a modern lens, the beautiful property takes its inspiration from the rich cultural heritage and stunning architecture of the ancient capitals of Kyoto, Japan, and Ayutthaya, Thailand. The idyllic combination of traditional elegance and contemporary comfort creates an inspiring environment for domestic and international travellers alike.


Alongside 150 elegantly appointed guest rooms set over four floors, the luxury hotel features large event spaces, a fitness centre, and a signature Devarana Wellness centre offering a unique fusion of ancient Thai massage therapies and traditional Japanese rituals, as well as personalised wellness treatments, activities, and journeys to meet the aspirational health needs of guests.

Dining and imbibing are also major highlights of Dusit Thani Kyoto. The hotel has everything in place to become a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts, with diverse options including a speciality Teppanyaki restaurant, a chic social club, a lavish tea shop, and, most notably, exquisite dining experiences crafted by award-winning chefs Duangporn "Bo" Songvisava and Dylan Jones from Thailand.

Known for their authentic Thai cuisine crafted from seasonal and sustainable ingredients, Bo and Dylan earned a Michelin Star and global recognition at their former restaurant, Bo.Ian, in Bangkok.

Their latest concept, Ayatana, at Dusit Thani Kyoto, translates their passion for ethical sourcing, innovative culinary flair, and a love for Thai cuisine into a multi-sensory, one-of-a-kind fine dining experience where authentic Thai flavours meet the finest Japanese traditions for memorable moments to savour. To complement this multi-sensory culinary voyage, a unique desert atelier, Kati, also designed by the couple, will feature Thai desserts presented in an exciting new way.

More excitement can be found across town at ASAI Kyoto Shijo, which will open ahead of Dusit Thani Kyoto in June.


Operating under Dusit’s distinctive lifestyle brand, ASAI Hotels, which promises to uniquely link millennial-minded travellers with authentic local experiences in the world’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, the new 114-key hotel is located in Shijo-Karasuma, near the famous Nishiki Market in the city’s renowned Downtown area.

Offering thoughtfully compact rooms that focus on the essentials – such as superior quality beds and powerful showers – the hotel is designed to foster meaningful interactions while celebrating the community’s artistic and cultural heritage, with some unique Thai touches.

Alongside a large communal hub serving as a comfortable venue for work, rest, and play, the hotel will offer a cosy dining room inspired by the rich street-food culture of Bangkok. Guests will find a scrumptious selection of authentic Thai curries and flavoursome grilled and fried snacks paired with original cocktail creations and premium Japanese whisky, sake, and beer. A signature dessert selection featuring favourites like mango sticky rice and coconut ice cream with a variety of toppings will further transport diners' senses to the bustling streets of Bangkok.

Regular collaborations with local restaurateurs and artisans, and sustainable sourcing of produce, will further set the distinctive lifestyle hotel apart.

"We are delighted to debut our unique brand of Thai-inspired gracious hospitality in the historic city of Kyoto and pay homage to the cherished bond between Thailand and Japan through our dynamic hotel offerings,” said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International. “With a deep reverence for the best that both Japan and Thailand have to offer – from culinary arts to music and design – our goal is to not only provide luxury and lifestyle accommodation, but also to contribute to the local community in a meaningful and sustainable way – just as we have done at the luxury chalet rentals we manage under Elite Havens in Niseko.

"Dedicated to providing a comprehensive, 360-degree experience that goes above and beyond satisfying our guests and customers to deliver sustained value to all stakeholders, we will fully leverage the full range of Dusit's interconnected businesses, including Dusit Hotels and Resorts, Dusit Hospitality Education, Dusit Foods, and Property Development. This approach will strengthen our presence and set a solid foundation for future growth in Japan. We are already exploring options to expand our hotel portfolio in vibrant cities like Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo, and we will be seeking opportunities to introduce our other business units in adjacent industries too.

“Our journey in the hotel segment begins in June with the opening of the lifestyle oriented ASAI Kyoto Shijo, followed by the grand opening of the luxurious Dusit Thani Kyoto in September, and we eagerly await this exciting new chapter for our hotel business."

Dusit’s property portfolio currently spans 16 countries and comprises 48 hotels operating under Dusit Hotels and Resorts (six distinct brands) and more than 300 luxury villas under Elite Havens. More than 60 Dusit Hotels and Resorts are in the pipeline worldwide.

Bukás na para sa mga aplikasyon ang KWF Selyo ng Kahusayan sa Serbisyo Publiko 2023

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Pagkilala itong ipinagkakaloob sa mga ahensiya at lokal na yunit ng pamahalaan na sumunod sa implementasyon ng Kautusang Tagapagpaganap Blg. 335 o EO 335 at nagpamalas ng kahusayan sa paggamit ng Filipino bilang wika ng serbisyo publiko.

Timpalak at parangal para sa mga ahensiya at lokal na yunit ng pamahalaan o LGU na sumunod sa implementasyon ng Atas Tagapagpaganap Blg. 335 o EO No. 335 (Executive Order No. 335) at nagpamalas ng kahusayan sa paggamit ng Filipino bilang wika ng serbisyo publiko.


1. Bukás ang timpalak sa lahat ng kagawaran, kawanihan, tanggapan, ahensiya, instrumentaliti, at lokal na yunit ng pamahalaan o LGU.

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2. Magpadala ng liham na nagsasaad ng intensiyong lumahok sa timpalak sa o bago ang 31 Marso ng kasalukuyang taon sa:


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3. Ang lahat ng mga pruweba o patunay ay tatanggapin hanggang 30 Abril ng kasalukuyang taon. Maaari ding isumite ang dihital na kopya nito sa opisina ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF).

4. Makatatanggap ng plake ng pagkilala ang mapipipiling ahensiya o lokal na yunit ng pamahalaan.

5. Ang pasiya ng inampalan ay pinal at hindi na mababago.

6. Para sa mga tanong o karagdagang detalye, maaaring makipag-ugnay sa Sangay ng Literatura at Araling Kultural at hanapin si:

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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Coastal Town Youth Convenes to Promote Peace through Arts

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National Arts Month is celebrated annually throughout February in the Philippines. The events and activities that take place during this month are geared toward showcasing the artistic talent of Filipinos, as well as providing avenues for artists to channel their creative energies. It is a time when people celebrate the richness and diversity of the country's art and culture. Themed “Ani ng Sining, Bunga ng Galing,” this year's celebration aims to immerse Filipinos in diverse cultural expressions and celebrate the bountiful harvest from the Filipino imagination.

In the Coastal town of Sagay City, Arts Month is celebrated with the theme "Diin Tabo Man? Nature Encounter X". The SKC Sagay City Council together with the only Rotary Club in the city, the Rotary Club of Sagay-Sinigayan, its Rotaract Club, NONESCOST Supreme Student Council, TUPV at SC University Student Government, Sagay Young Tourism Volunteers, and Young Disciples in Mission staged an art forum and exhibition entitled “HINUN-ANON SANG KATILINGBAN: A Conversation for Peace and Conflict Prevention through Arts. The event was held at the SUNN Hotel of the Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology (NONESCOST) over the weekend.

HINUN-ANON SANG KATILINGBAN which roughly translates to “Community forum” is a gathering of the Sagaynon Youth for a conversation with seasoned artists representing each discipline of art to get a better understanding of how arts can be a medium to promote peace and conflict prevention/resolution in our communities and to inspire young people to pursue their passion in arts.

There was also an exhibition where the works of young budding artists were presented. From visual artworks from the previous contests of the Sagay City LGU, freshly made paintings and sketches of students of NONESCOST and the Technological University of the Philippines in the city, to posters of films joining the upcoming Margaha Film Festival –the first of its kind that encourages all homegrown writers and directors to create a film depicting the Sagaynon heritage and lifestyle through film.

All these were inspired by one of the locals, Maestro Nunelucio Alvarado, renowned for his exceptional work as a social realist. A founding member of the Black Artists in Asia—one of the most prominent collectives in the region—Nune, as his friends fondly call him fondly, is known for large-scale depictions of difficulty and despondency in the cane fields of Negros.

Maestro Nune with the support of the local government has created a community that gradually paints peace and progress in the region.

“We share with the Maestro his dream that someday, art can bring us together and that art can be the most powerful weapon to promote peace and progress,” says Benson Fernandez, President of the Rotary Club of Sagay-Sinigayan

“Through Rotary, we imagine Sagay to be a peaceful and progressive city where arts and diversity are celebrated,” He added.

“True enough, leaders from various organizations were brought together by this common cause and for the first time, brought to life a beautiful space where the youth and our seasoned artists can exchange ideas. A reminder to us that all our organizations’ causes have an underlying connection to peace and that peace in the community can be achieved through arts.” Said Ellirie Aviles, one of the event convenors.

Calling all WOMENtrepreneurs in BPOs! Payoneer to host a meetup event with women leaders in the outsourcing industry

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Payoneer, the world’s leading cross-border payments platform, is set to host the very first Payoneer WOMENtrepreneurs Meetup: Connect with women leading the PH outsourcing sector event on March 9, 2023 at WeWork Menarco Tower in Bonifacio Global City.

In line with the company’s goal of supporting women to thrive in their endeavors and enterprises, the event will showcase women leaders in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector who will share their stories, wisdom, and tips on how women can continue to go beyond in the outsourcing industry. All women entrepreneurs and leaders in BPO companies, digital marketing agencies, and freelance agencies are encouraged to attend.

The discussion will be headlined by two distinguished women leaders-Gina Romero and Tonichi Achurra-Parekh. Gina is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of Connected Women, a social impact tech startup that offers online skills training, development, and remote work opportunities to women in the Philippines. On the other hand, Tonichi is the Vice President of Concentrix, a leading global provider of customer experience solutions and technology and is also a member of the Contact Center Association of the Philippines.

The event will also feature a panel discussion with Marge Aviso, Founder and CEO of Telework PH, a homegrown BPO based in Bulacan; Vanessa Janssen, the CEO of an all-female service provider firm based in Clark; and Pamela Ann Baluyo, Founder and CEO of Scale Experts Inc., a Marikina-based business process assistance company that helps startups grow their businesses.

“We, at Payoneer, are excited to host this special meetup and exchange stories and tips with the women blazing the trail in the local outsourcing industry. This is the perfect opportunity to network, meet other women leaders, and learn from each other,” shares Monique Avila, the director of Payoneer’s all-women Customer Success Department for Southeast Asia & Pakistan.

Application for the Payoneer WOMENtrepreneurs Meetup event is available at this

Filipino Royal Fellow thanks Pres. Marcos: "How can I reach you, Sir?"

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President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. recently joined the world in congratulating Filipino science diplomat Glenn Banaguas for the latter’s induction into the United Kingdom London-based Royal Society of Arts (RSA). Banaguas is the first science diplomat from the Philippines to become a fellow of the RSA, which counts among its distinguished ranks historical luminaries such as Charles Dickens, George Washington Carver, David Attenborough, Nelson Mandela, Tim Berners-Lee, Karl Marx, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, and Benjamin Franklin.

"Tunay ngang ang galing at talino ng mga Pilipino ay maipagmamalaki saan man sa mundo. Maraming salamat sa kahusayang iyong patuloy na ipinamamalas (Indeed, the brilliance and intelligence of the Filipinos can be pround of anywhere in the world. Thanks to Glenn Banaguas for his continued excellence)," President Marcos said in his official message, which was broadcast across all official government channels.

Banaguas thanked the President for the latter’s kudos, which he welcomed as warm support from his countrymen.

“While I am thankful and deeply humbled by the international recognition I have received, the President’s message resonates deeply for me since it comes from where support is most needed—from home,” Banaguas said.

“Thank you so much, Mr. President. I greatly appreciate your message, Sir. I have never expected that someone who is nobody like me would be commended by the most powerful man in the country. My heart will always be grateful, Sir. May the grace of God continue to follow you. And may every Filipino touched by your hand be blessed forever. God bless, Mr. President," Banaguas said.

"Sir, I wholeheartedly support you and your climate agenda for the Philippines and the Filipino people,” he added.

"Given the chance to meet the President, I will provide him with not only the science and evidence-based strategic solutions but also the most humane and gender-responsive schemes to address the impacts and risks of climate change... from scientific wide-ranging assessment, capacity development, project management to climate financing programs as well as multilateral cooperation among actors,' he mentioned.

"I wish I could meet our dear President. How can I reach you, Sir?" Banaguas humbly asked.

Banaguas, a distinguished scientist and science diplomat, is among Asia's leading experts in environment, climate change, and disaster risk. He is the founder and president of the Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute, an organization that brings "science and diplomacy" to the poorest communities and marginalized sectors in the Philippines.

Banaguas founded Climate Smart Philippines: Science for Service Program, which provides research, training, and capacity-building to all stakeholders in the country to combat climate change and disaster risks. He also chairs the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Science Diplomats and the United States (US)-ASEAN Fellows for Science and Technology. He also serves as climate diplomat of the European Union-Asia Expert Panel for Climate Diplomacy and Environmental Security. He is also the Executive Fellow and Expert of the renowned Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in Switzerland.

Banaguas is the Adviser of the country's flag carrier, the Philippine Airlines for sustainability and resiliency programs. He also provides climate change capacity-building efforts to the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities. He leads the UNDP's climate security program for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and provides technical assistance to Mindanao Development Authority's climate change and energy projects.

Banaguas has Ivy League credentials - he took Climate Change and Energy from the Harvard Kennedy School and Sustainability Leadership from Yale University. He also took the Applied Remote Sensing program from the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA), peacebuilding programs from the United States Institute of Peace (UNIP), and security courses from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).

Updates on DepEd Legal Actions

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The Department of Education (DepEd) is taking measures to ensure that values of integrity, transparency, and accountability are being upheld by our officials, teachers, and non-teaching personnel.

In the past months, we have immediately acted on several legal cases filed against alleged erring public officials, personnel, and service providers of DepEd. In the spirit of transparency, we would like to provide the following legal updates:

1. On the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC) report re: procurement of overpriced laptops

The DepEd welcomes the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee report on the laptops procured by PS-DBM in 2021

The filing of cases against past and present officials of the DepEd, as recommended by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, will be referred to the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) for evaluation and appropriate action.

We are ready to receive the official BRC report from the Senate.

In addition, there is a pending administrative case against one DepEd employee involved in the procurement.


2. On DepEd laptops being sold in Cebu

The Department has confirmed that the laptops being sold in a surplus store in Cebu, although not amongst those procured through the PS-DBM, were part of the DepEd Computerization Program (DCP). The Department is now coordinating with relevant law enforcement agencies to apprehend the perpetrators.

3. On government ‘scammers’

DepEd lauds the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the arrest of Diokno Eje, a.k.a Vaughn Vincent, who is the subject of numerous complaints about an alleged "appointment scam" wherein several personalities were offered government posts in exchange for a huge sum of money.

Likewise, the Department is investigating a similar case of fraudulent dealings of a DepEd employee named Maricon. Administrative proceedings for various charges have been instituted and are already underway.

We thank our media partners for tipping us off, and for alerting the Vice President and Secretary of Education on this matter. It has prompted other complainants to provide critical information against her.

DepEd is encouraging those who may have personal knowledge or dealings with Maricon to come forward and provide us with more information.

4. On photos circulating online re: alleged ‘overpriced’ camera

The Department has traced the now-deleted post of photojournalist Jhun Dantes, and shared by the account of a certain Renato Reyes, of a Canon 1500D camera with a DepEd sticker attached indicating an acquisition cost of P155,929, as a property of the Schools Division Office (SDO) of Imus City.

The camera was given by the Local Government Unit to the SDO. DepEd did not have any participation or involvement in the procurement process of the subject cameras.

DepEd continues to call on netizens to be circumspect in their posts to ensure that no misinformation is propagated.

5. On failure to deliver supplies

The Department has found another case of the failure on the part of a service provider to comply with its contract — since the year 2021. We are currently exploring legal remedies and working on this issue.

Note that we have deliberately provided general statements on these updates so as not to preempt or hamper ongoing investigations.

The DepEd recognizes the important fight against corruption to improve the delivery of public service. We reiterate our call to the public to be vigilant and to actively report any fraudulent and unethical acts of DepEd personnel. Those who will be engaging in such activities will be dealt with accordingly and swiftly.

Mars Petcare launches ‘Fur The Best’ SWAP consumer recycling program in the Philippines

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Mars Petcare partners with Plastic Credit Exchange (PCX) as part of its global efforts to increase the circularity of packaging waste

Mars Petcare recently announced a packaging recycling initiative in the Philippines as part of its global efforts to create a circular economy for plastic packaging where it doesn’t become waste. The collaboration with Plastic Credit Exchange (PCX) and retailer Pet Express is called “Fur The Best”, which is an extension of the “SWAP Recycling” initiative from Thailand that will enable the collection and recycling of mixed post-consumer flexible plastic packaging waste into useful products. It’s one of the many sustainability initiatives that Mars Petcare is running to give pet parents the opportunity to recycle their plastic packaging.

At Mars, we take our responsibility for sustainable packaging seriously, so we’re working globally toward 100 percent recyclable, reusable or compostable plastic packaging and reducing our use of virgin plastic by 25%. To reach our goal, we’ll need not only recyclable materials, but we also need collection and recycling infrastructure in place and the right consumer behavior to make it happen.

According to the 2021 Who Cares, Who Does report by Kantar Philippines, 75% of Filipinos actively seek out brands that offer ways to reduce their impact on the environment. In the Philippines, the passage of the Extended Producer Responsibility (RA 11898) law has heightened attention on solid waste management, particularly of Fast-Moving Consumer Goods post-consumer waste.

Johnny Racoma, General Manager for Mars Petcare in the Philippines, highlighted that Mars Petcare aims to meet consumer desire for more sustainable packaging options. He said, “Consumers continue to be concerned not just about the content of what their pets eat but also about reducing their environmental impact.”

Packaging plays many vital roles: protecting ingredients, preserving freshness, conveying nutrition and health information, and differentiating brands. However, it also poses real challenges. This means it can end up in landfills, as litter, or even find its way into the environment.

As a leader in manufacturing, Mars Petcare believes it is important to work to address environmental challenges and create a more sustainable future. “As more Filipino shoppers are willing to shift to sustainable practices, this presents us an opportunity to invest in eco-friendly practices and take the lead in meeting consumer needs while reducing waste and increasing circularity,” stated Racoma.

To implement its collection for the recycling program, Mars Petcare is partnering with Pet Express and Plastic Credit Exchange (PCX). Through this partnership, pet parents can collect and surrender clean and empty packaging of any number of PEDIGREE, IAMS OR WHISKAS Dry food and any petfood flexible plastic packaging in any of the following sizes: 1kg, 3kg, and 8kg.

Recycling drop-off points are available in 15 of the participating Pet Express locations in International Toyworld Inc. stores in Metro Manila, such as Megamall, Mall of Asia, SM Fairview

Pet Express North Edsa, Bonifacio Global City, SM Masinag, SM Cubao, SM Makati, Festival Mall, Pet Express Dasmarinas, Pet Express Hyper Makati, Grand Central Caloocan, Pet Express Molino, Pet Express Madison Alabang, and Pet Express Estancia.

All collected materials will be handed to PCX, the recycling facilitator of the “Fur The Best” program. The materials will be recycled into useful products such as benches that will be donated to pet shelters in the Greater Manila area.

“PCX has always advocated the need for both upstream and downstream solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. Mars’ “Fur The Best” campaign is an important step to ensuring that brands are attempting specific recovery which builds a more circular economy “, said Nanette Medved-Po who founded PCX.

Participating pet parents should scan the QR code to register and answer the survey and will receive a Php 100 coupon per transaction, once daily, regardless of the quantity given. With the Php 100 coupon, pet parents can use it on the same day of swapping as a discount when the customers purchase ANY Mars Pet Nutrition Products for their fur babies. Customers can redeem the Php 100 discount until May 31, 2023.

“Our chances of achieving a sustainable future will be determined by how we protect our planet. As a result, sustainability activities will always be a component of our global efforts. We want to see significant development in the Philippines, where customers can join our ‘Fur The Best’ program,” Racoma added.

“Fur the love” of our dear pets and the environment, head to the nearest Pet Express in your area to SWAP empty packaging of pet foods and EARN P100 discount vouchers!

#furthebestSWAPrecycling #proudlymars #marsphilippines

For further information on the Mars Sustainable in a Generation Plan and Circular Packaging commitments, visit

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