Saturday, July 29, 2023

Three Colours trilogy, French New Wave films now streaming on JuanFlix

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To encourage Filipino audiences to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of world cinema, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) brings internationally acclaimed films to its online streaming platform JuanFlix: The FDCP Channel this July 28, 2023.

JuanFlix’s World Cinema lineup features the celebrated works of Krzysztof Kieślowski, Jacques Demy, Agnès Varda, and François Truffaut, whose provocative and experimental films influenced new cinematic movements and made a lasting legacy on European cinema and beyond.

Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours trilogy encompasses the human experience by exploring themes of love, loss, and liberation. The trilogy won top awards at prestigious international film festivals in Cannes, Venice, and Berlin, while “Three Colours: Red” received three Oscar nominations in 1994, including the Best Director award for Kieślowski.

French filmmaker Jacques Demy’s musical films “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” and “The Young Girls of Rochefort” portray his female characters’ quest for love and fortune, with the former receiving the Palme d’Or award at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival. Moreover, “Donkey Skin” is a whimsical adaptation of a French fairy tale, depicting a young princess’ escape from her father’s kingdom to fend off an unwanted marriage proposal.

“Cléo from 5 to 7” by French filmmaker Agnès Varda uses a woman’s point-of-view in navigating the streets of Paris and coming to terms with one’s mortality, mixing aspects o fdocumentary and fiction and featuring cameos from French New Wave icons Anna Karina and Jean-Luc Godard.

Lastly, François Truffaut’s directorial debut film “The 400 Blows” captures Truffaut’s own childhood by depicting an adolescent boy’s experience with petty crime and authority figures.

Demy, Varda, and Truffaut are pioneers of the New Wave, a cinematic movement thatemerged in France during the late 1950s. New Wave filmmakers favored personal expression and experimental storytelling over the commercial demands of mainstream filmmaking, which inspired other filmmakers from around the world.

These films are now available for streaming on JuanFlix via subscription, which costs PHP 99.00/month and PHP 499.00/year. To register, visit

For more information about FDCP’s World Cinema titles, visit FDCP and JuanFlix’s official Facebook pages.

Friday, July 28, 2023

BBM SONA 2023: Nothing for electricity consumers

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In the second State of the Nation of Address (SONA) of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., despite its relatively robust presentation of the country’s economy and successes in his different initiatives, electricity consumer interest remains wanting. In his speech, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said “we will spare no effort to achieve full household-electrification by the end of my term. 100% is within our reach.”

Roland Vibal, national coordinator for, said:

“We support the administration’s effort to conduct a performance review of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) as its sole concessionaire of the national grid. It is high time that this private corporation’s performance and capacity to deliver reliable electricity and efficient grid operation be reviewed and audited as well. The success in ensuring electricity supply through various development of renewable energy will be useless if our current electricity backbone is unable to deliver it where it is needed most.

“President Marcos presented his administration’s accomplishments in the realm of energy production. We welcome the administration’s resolve to increase renewable energy’s share in our current energy mix, and its resolve to ensure that the country’s electricity is link nationally through a Unified National Grid to ensure electricity reliability.

“These two initiatives by the current administration are on the right track to ensure that the country’s electricity needs are provided. Yet if this will translate into cheaper electricity price is another question. His promise to make electricity prices cheap was absent in his one-hour and 45-minute speech. Electricity prices remain high and even soar way above our means. Sadly, we heard no assurance nor any categorical statement from the president.

“For Kuryente.Org, President Marcos’ SONA 2023 left us, electricity consumers, wanting for more in both form and substance. The President has shown he can act quickly on other equally important issues, such as condoning small farmer’s debt to emancipate them from poverty and provide more KADIWA’s to help our food consumers. The President can likewise ease the burden of high electricity rate not only through mid and strategic solutions, but residential electricity consumers also need urgent solution to continuing high price of electricity and one urgent solution is to lower the tax burden in our electricity cost.”

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

FDCP to screen “Aftersun,” “Close,” “Corsage,” and “Return to Seoul” in Ayala Cinemas

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The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) licensed the rights to four new titles from Belgium, Austria, France, and the United Kingdom earlier this year which are now set for commercial release, in partnership with Ayala Cinemas, from August 23 to 29, 2023.

The FDCP’s Audience Development Program and Ayala Cinemas’ The A-List Series aim to bring acclaimed films more accessible to movie lovers through the “A-List Series Presents: A Curation of World Cinema.”

With this partnership, the FDCP and the Ayala Cinemas will bring world cinema titles to the Filipino audience with its initial offering of films that have won multiple recognitions in reputable film festivals and award-giving bodies.

Cannes-winning titles “Aftersun” directed by Charlotte Wells, “Close” directed by Lukas Dhont, “Corsage” directed by Marie Kreutzer, and “Return to Seou3l” directed by Davy Chou will be screened in Ayala Cinemas in Manila Bay, TriNoma, Greenbelt 3, UP Town Center, and Capitol Central in Bacolod and Central Bloc in Cebu. More Ayala Cinemas will be announced soon.

In a statement, FDCP Chairman and CEO Tirso Cruz III said that the national film council is proud to showcase these award-winning films from all over the world and assured viewers that they will have a memorable experience watching these films.

“May these powerful films be an effective avenue of inspiration and deepen your love of profound film artistry,” Cruz ended.

More than its aim to encourage audiences to return to the cinemas, this program aims to further expose moviegoers to titles that would help them expand their horizons.

For more updates on these films, follow FDCP on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

PUP FilAC braces for more events as part of FDCP’s Academic Film Society

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The Film Aficionados Circle (FilAC), the official student film organization of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines College of Communication, is gearing up for more film-related activities after recently concluding “Sineminuto: Buhayin at Lakbayin, Pelikulang Atin!” with the theme “Lakbay.”

“As the only film organization in PUP, we really want to give a platform to aspiring filmmakers on campus. Sineminuto is like a bridge for the mentees of the Film Aficionados Circle into the basics of film production,” Adelbert Abrigonda, FilAC President, shared.

“Bakit Maingay ang EDSA?” which was directed by Rafael Nuyad of Carousel Productions bagged the Sineminuto Best Film award. The short film about two homeless siblings wandering around the highway also won Best Male Performance for Ralph Capinig, who played Anthony, Best Screenplay, Best Sound Design, and Best Concept. It placed second in terms of direction, cinematography, and editing.

“The Portrait of a Man” from Nilay Productions got Best Direction for Ronalyn Antonio, Best Production Design, and Best Editing. It ranked second overall in film, screenplay, and sound design categories.

Meanwhile, “meet me halfway” from After Hours Production finished third and received Best Female Performance for Frances Danielle Tan as Emma and Best Cinematography, as well as second in production design.

“En Route” from Loop Productions brought home the second best concept among those which were realized into films for Sineminuto. The only horror film entry in the competition tells the story of a student who gets trapped in an infinite loop on a hallway in campus, preventing her from attending her class.

“Balikat” by ACDK Pictures, “Kaya Kaya” by Aninuno Productions, “Pihit” by 2RDS Productions, “Urong Sulong” by Yapak Productions, and “Yapak” by Amping Productions completed the Sineminuto entries.

Director and screenwriter Rod Marmol, filmmaker/photographer Arjanmar Rebeta, producer and writer Seymour Sanchez, PUP scriptwriting and TV production professor George Gamayo, and FilAC alumnus Edrian Pabona made up the jury for Sineminuto, FilAC’s flagship event for student filmmakers.

FilAC also recently became a member of the Academic Film Society of the Film Development Council of the Philippines. The organization plans to hold more events to promote and teach the art of filmmaking to students who share their passion for cinema.

Through the AFS, the FDCP provides support and makes resources more accessible in the academic setting. As part of its initiative, the FDCP co-presented Sineminuto with FilAC together with IDP Philippines, Motivo PH, Urban Chick, M' Finesse PH, and Cinemata, Sineminuto’s official media partner.

Abrigonda was elated that Sineminuto mentees were able to showcase their craft through their films and apply “what they have learned from the PelikuLearn sessions” that FilAC spearheaded this year with National Artist for Film and Broadcast Arts Ricky Lee and director Jules Katanyag among their mentors.

“I'm also happy to see the enthusiasm of the student filmmakers and their desire to develop their passions into something meaningful through their work. This is something to be proud of and I'm really looking forward to seeing how the organization will grow more in the future. Especially now since there are many students in the campus who are very eager to explore the world of filmmaking,” he concluded.

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Don’t take the bait: how to avoid getting phished and other kinds of digital fraud

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With the prevalence of digital fraud in the Philippines, simple proactive measures can help keep you and your financial information safe

As more transactions are made without the use of cash, the use of credit cards continues to climb[1]. However, the increase in credit card usage also comes with an increase in credit card scams and other forms of digital fraud that look to prey on unsuspecting members of the population.

Digital Fraud in The Philippines

In a consumer survey commissioned by global credit agency TransUnion last year, findings from the Philippines showed that 71% of respondents were targeted by digital fraud attempts via email, phone calls, text messaging and other online channels within a three-month period beginning from September 2022. Among those targeted, 11% of respondents fell victim to some form of digital fraud within the same timeframe.

While the local financial sector is collectively beefing up measures against cybercriminals[2], the methods in which fraudsters aim to scam victims are also growing more sophisticated in style and scale. As the digital fraud rate in the country still stands at a level higher than the global average[3], here are practical ways to help protect yourself or your business from falling victim to digital fraud.


Guard your online information

Avoid entering financial information on public computers or when using public wi-fi. These computers could contain software that captures passwords or other details upon entry. When browsing the internet, look for an “https:” at the start of a web link especially when banking or ordering things online.

Monitor your accounts

It is recommended to regularly monitor your financial accounts to keep an eye on your balances and your account activity. As most banks and financial institutions now offer personal banking apps for added convenience, some apps have transaction alerts to update users of any transactions made. The use of such features can help ensure that any unauthorized transactions are quickly caught.

Enable multi-factor authentication

Multi-factor authentication is a means of online identity verification that requires users to show multiple means to verify one’s identity when logging into a website or using a service. These factors can be something you know (your password), something you have (a verification code sent to your mobile number), or something inherent to you such as your face or your fingerprint. Having multi-factor authentication activated can help keep fraudsters from successfully carrying out some attacks.

Think twice about sharing information

As phishing scams are usually carried out through email, be cautious of emails that request information. One way to prevent falling victim to phishing scams is to check the content of the email. Was it sent from a public email domain? Is the domain name or message misspelled? Is it poorly written? These are telltale signs of phishing. Being able to identify these signs is a big help in keeping you and your financials safe.

Check your credit report

Credit reports contain information about your credit history. They also help you understand and improve your credit status. To catch any potentially fraudulent activity from going under your radar, review your credit report for any suspicious details such as accounts you did not open. You can request for a credit report from TransUnion Philippines here.

Implement fraud detection tools

For business owners, having fraud detection tools at your disposal can help you catch fraud before it affects your bottom line. Aside from credit reports, TransUnion Philippines also offers TruValidate™ - a host of solutions that work by using data and analytics to stop fraud as it happens. Solutions include identity proofing to validate consumers with confidence, risk-based authentication to verify consumers with ease, and fraud prevention to identify risky transactions and fraudulent devices in real-time.

Report suspicious activity

If you think you may have fallen victim of any form of financial fraud, contact your bank as soon as possible. The sooner your bank is made aware of what has transpired, the better your chances of your hard-earned funds being recovered.

About TransUnion Philippines (NYSE:TRU)

TransUnion is a global information and insights company that makes trust possible in the modern economy. We do this by providing an actionable picture of each person so they can be reliably represented in the marketplace. As a result, businesses and consumers can transact with confidence and achieve great things. We call this Information for Good®. TransUnion provides solutions that help create economic opportunity, great experiences and personal empowerment for hundreds of millions of people in more than 30 countries.

In the Philippines, we were the first comprehensive private credit reference agency (CRA) and we have helped Filipinos to better understand and manage their personal finances for more than a decade. We serve a range of clients across multiple sectors, including international, national and rural financial services providers, telecommunications, utilities, FinTech and retail organizations.

[1] Philippines: card payment transaction value 2022 | Statista



United Nations Acclaimed Scientist is PAL’s new Chief Resiliency and Sustainability Officer

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Sci. Dpl. Glenn S. Banaguas, a globally recognized scientist and science diplomat, has been appointed as the new Chief Resiliency and Sustainability Officer of Philippine Airlines (PAL), the official flag carrier of the Philippines. Capt. Stanley Ng, President and Chief Operating Officer of Philippine Airlines, expressed his excitement over the acquisition of Sci. Dpl. Banaguas, acknowledging his immense expertise and the valuable contributions he would bring to PAL.

"PAL is extremely blessed to have multi-awarded climate and disaster scientist, Sci. Dpl. Glenn Banaguas, finally on board, as the nation's flag carrier is at the crossroads of a transformative shift of direction of integrating the PAL Carbon Footprint Calculator and implementing the Environmental and Energy Management Systems, both pioneering initiatives ever implemented in the country under our R.I.S.E. program. He will be a tremendous asset to our company," the President Ng recently remarked.

Sci. Dpl. Banaguas joins Philippine Airlines at a critical juncture as the airline is launching its ambitious "R.I.S.E. Philippine Airlines" program. The program's strategic thrust encompasses resiliency, inclusivity, sustainability, and enculturability, aimed at transforming the airline's direction and operations. Within this framework, the integration of the PAL Carbon Footprint Calculator, the implementation of the Environmental and Energy Management Systems, and other resilient, sustainable, and gender transformative projects are groundbreaking efforts in the region.

His impressive accolades and achievements in the field of environment, climate change, and disaster risks make him the ideal candidate to spearhead PAL's resiliency and sustainability endeavors. He is not only a multi- awarded scientist but also an educator and science diplomat dedicated to finding science-based policy solutions to environmental challenges. He is the first and only Filipino individual recipient of the prestigious United Nations (UN) Sasakawa Laureate for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) award, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the field. He is the first Filipino who was awarded by the US Department of State for science and technology in the field of climate change and sustainable energy under the US-ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship program. And he is also the first Filipino who was featured by “The Big Idea”, a US Mission to ASEAN platform that features people who have made significant contributions in South East Asia.

He has received numerous other international fellowships and awards, which include the Distinguished Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom; an Executive Fellow of the Geneva Center for Security Policy in Switzerland; a Lee Kuan Yew Senior Fellow in Public Service in Singapore; Asia Leader Award for Sustainability Leadership; and recently he was awarded as one of the Top 100 Asian Scientists for 2023 by the Singapore-based magazine. He was a grantee of the Solar Radiation Management Initiative, The Royal Society, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). He is part of the team that won The Rockefeller Foundation Food System Vision Prize - Special Mention Award. One of his research advocacy works was featured as one of the top 10 projects in “Gender Equality in Water Governance” in the world conferred by the Global Water Partnership (GWP) in Stockholm, Sweden. He was also featured by “About Resilience”, an international platform managed by Panta Ray from Milan, Italy that presents the outstanding contributions of individuals in the world. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) Award for Environmental Management conferred by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Laureate in Environment Conservation and Science Diplomacy, often referred to as the "Nobel Prize of the Philippines."

Sci. Dpl. Banaguas has also served as a consultant and adviser for various United Nations agencies, government bodies, and development institutions, working on projects related to climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and environmental management. He is also the advisor of the private sector in the areas of environmental, social, and governance (ESG), Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), Net Zero Emissions (NZE) and Low Carbon Diet Programs and sustainability projects. He is the Climate Diplomat of the European Union (EU)-Asia Expert Panel for climate diplomacy and environmental security; the Chairman of the Asian Science Diplomats; the Chairman of the US – ASEAN Science and Technology Fellows, and also the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Statweather Institute, the humanitarian arm of Statweather, which has garnered the achievement of the #1 Climate Technology in the world by Environmental Business International (2018) and has also received distinction as the #1 Data Services Company in the world by Energy Risk.

Furthermore, he has been recognized for his efforts in community empowerment, humanitarian activities, and peacebuilding initiatives. He has founded the Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute (ECCRI), which brings cutting-edge research to marginalized communities in the Philippines, addressing climate change and disaster risks. His expertise in accessing multilateral funds and developing science and evidence-based projects will greatly benefit Philippine Airlines in its pursuit of resilient and sustainable practices.

Sci. Dpl. Banaguas studied Climate Change and Energy at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University and Sustainability Leadership from the Center of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale University. He took Applied Remote Sensing Technology from the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA). He also took Conflict Sensitivity, Religious Engagement in Peacebuilding, and Peace Mediation from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and also studied Geopolitics and Global Futures, Movement of People and Security, Environment and Security, and Critical Incident Management from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). He took Chemical Engineering from the Mapua University and Environmental Management from the Ateneo De Manila University.

The globally-renowned science diplomat’s vast experience, combined with his passion for sustainability, will be instrumental in guiding PAL towards a more resilient and environmentally responsible future. As Chief Resiliency and Sustainability Officer, he will oversee the assessment and reduction of the airline's carbon footprint and the execution of a net-zero emission roadmap by 2050, specifically tailored for the aviation industry.

Under his leadership, PAL aims to strengthen its organizational capacity to adapt to change, foster stakeholder engagement, promote gender-transformative and nature-based solutions and enhance awareness and stakeholder empowerment. His role will be crucial in integrating scientific and innovative approaches into PAL's operations, ensuring the airline's commitment to resiliency, inclusivity, sustainability, and enculturability.

Sci. Dpl. Banaguas's appointment marks a significant milestone for Philippine Airlines and reinforces its commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices. With his expertise and visionary leadership, PAL is well-positioned to become a regional leader in the aviation industry's sustainable transformation, contributing to the global fight against climate change and promoting a more resilient and environmentally conscious future.

SONA 2023: PBBM shares renewed hope for basic education in DepEd’s MATATAG Agenda

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Reiterating his hope to give the best for the Filipino youth, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Monday mentioned key initiatives under the MATATAG Agenda of Vice President Sara Z. Duterte and the Department of Education (DepEd) in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa, Quezon City.

“The MATATAG Agenda for basic education has been launched, focusing on relevance of curriculum, rapid and responsive delivery, and the welfare of both learners and teachers,” President Marcos Jr. said.

“Ang ating butihing Bise-Presidente, na Kalihim din ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon, ay tumutulong upang tiyakin na ang bawat batang Pilipino ay mabibigyan ng nararapat at kalidad na edukasyon. We have renewed hope in giving the best to our next batches of students, especially the 28.4 million learners who returned to school this year,” he added.

Citing education as foundation of a strong nation, President Marcos mentioned that learning recovery will be at the forefront of the administration’s education agenda, with the help of VP and Secretary Duterte, to ensure that every Filipino child will receive proper and quality education.

VP Duterte thanked the PBBM for his unwavering commitment in the education sector.

“His unremitting support of the reforms introduced by the Department of Education to the education system through the MATATAG Agenda will benefit not only our learners but also the teaching and non-teaching staff of the department,” the Vice President said in a statement.

The country's Chief Executive likewise noted that the government continues to exhaust all efforts to ensure the availability of formal education, alternative learning, non-diploma courses, and technical-vocational education and training to guarantee the betterment of the life of young Filipinos.

In addition, President Marcos emphasized that the DepEd’s K to 10 Curriculum has been recalibrated to ensure its relevance and responsiveness to international standards. The new K to 10 curriculum is set for launch in August, while the Senior High School curriculum is still under review.

PBBM also highlighted the Department’s move to fill up newly created teaching positions and hire additional administrative personnel to augment the school workforce and unburden the teachers of extra administrative tasks.

Furthermore, the President shared that schools facilities are being retrofitted for hybrid and high-tech learning, as well as climate-ready and disaster-proof. He also noted the significance of the DepEd Partnership Assistance Portal, where private sector partners can continue their assistance in the rehabilitation and improvement of schools.

Monday, July 24, 2023

Odd One Out Productions' “LIMBO"

“Welcome! Alamin! Alamin! Alamin ang buhay namin!”

Produced by Odd One Out Productions (OOOPs), “LIMBO”, by playwright Elrod Chris P. Cuesta, and director Kiefer Sison, is set to step foot in the Design and Arts Campus Building of De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde.

"LIMBO" is a one-act play written by Elrod Chris P. Cuesta. Limbo is a story of hope in the center of a village called Waka-waka. In this village, we see the past; in the form of long time couple, Mang Erning and Aling Mema, the present in cousin and co-presidents Don Asyong and Don Pepot, & the future, in Bebang with the "bagong salta'' Carding and Tisoy in the hopes of keeping afloat whilst avoiding eviction.

Featuring actors Ethan Wong as Don Pepot, Karl Navela as Don Asyong, Samantha Tinsay as Aling Mema, Jack Gaza as Mang Erning, Boom Gonzales as Carding, Dave Palomo as Tisoy, Aleks Alibusa as Bebang, Aki Resurreccion as Kapitana Tina, Ysabel Suaybaguio as Tekla, and Michael Hilao as Malou Ang.

“LIMBO” will be staged at the 6/F Black Box Theater of D+A Campus, with shows running from July 28 to July 29 and August 1 to 2, showtimes 11:00AM and 3:00PM.

Stay connected with Odd One Out Productions through their social media pages, listed below, to stay updated on the latest information, exciting updates, and promotional offers.

Facebook Page: Odd One Out Productions

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Happy Green Run at Vermosa delighted fun and serious runners, dogs and their owners too

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Competitive athletes, fun runners and doting dog owners had the time of their lives running in the pollution-free, abundant green surroundings of the Vermosa Estates in the yearly Green Run staged inside Ayala Land’s 740-hectare property in Imus, Cavite recently.

Two thousand five hundred humans and 256 dogs of various breeds participated in the multi-level run dedicated to pushing physical and mental health, saving the planet and celebrating the wonders of nature and its creatures.

Elite athletes, athletes in training, beginners, young and old and doting fur parents took up the challenge of the Green Run in various categories: 21K, 10K, 5K, 3K and the newly introduced 1K Dog Run.

Fur parents ran, walked and skipped along the picturesque route, with cute Yorkies, Poodles and ShihTzus, small to medium sized Beagles, Jack Russells and Aspins running alongside Belgian Malinois, German Shephereds, Retrievers and giant Mastiffs.

The Dog Run was a welcome addition to the Green Run – Vermosa Estates’ very own running event that features different running distance categories to suit individual runners’ fitness levels. Established in 2022 to serve as an inspirational, feel-good event after the pandemic to celebrate life, good health, fitness and the great outdoors, this 2023 edition introduced a Dog Run for pet lovers and their fur babies.

The Dog Run slots were the first to be filled up, showing how much Filipinos love their dogs and that the four-legged runners are very much a part of the family.

Pet parents and fur babies showed up dressed in their Green Run running gear -- a Green Run bib for the human and a fetching dog bandana with a bone ID tag for the fur baby.

Some dogs ran with the wind, while dogs with shorter legs ran gingerly alongside their fur parents. Some dogs tried to make friends with other dogs along the short trail, while some dogs asked their humans to carry them to the finish line.

“Thank you, Vermosa for introducing a Dog Run to the Green Run this year. This heartwarming activity gave us great moments to remember with our pets. It was a super experience and I’m so happy that my dog’s happy. Looking forward to the Dog Run again next year,” said lawyer Marco Lozada who ran with his retriever Carter.

“We were overwhelmed with the response to the Green Run this year. There was a big increase in runners and it was so delightful to see many dog lovers and their dogs along the trail. We are proud to say that Vermosa’s beautiful, natural surroundings and feet-friendly streets and walkways made the experience fun and safe for everyone. This is really a safe, healthy environment for humans and animals alike,” said Lani Tan, Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub General Manager.

“Vermosa is all about promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. A healthy, well-balanced life is not just physical wellness but also mental wellness. A feel-good activity like the Dog Run has so many physical and mental benefits for both dog owners and their pets that keeps both of them in tip-top shape. We will keep on staging the Green Run each year because we are committed to promote a healthy lifestyle and a love of the environment,” said Moses J. Aragones, Vermosa Estates Development Manager.

Part of the Green Run proceeds will go to Haribon Foundation’s Adopt-A-Seedling Program to support its long-term mission of protecting biodiversity and ecosystems.

The Green Run 2023 was supported by FPG Insurance, MILO Philippines, SunLife, JGO Mart, Doggo Flask, Alaxan, Seda Hotel Nuvali, Merrell, Fitbar, Runnr, Toby’s, Pocari Sweat, Oishi, Equal Sugar, Healtway Qualimed Hospital and Immuntab Multivitamins.

Run for fun, fitness, pets and the environment at Vermosa Green Run

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Two thousand five hundred runners and 256 dogs ran for fitness and fun at the second Vermosa Green Run at Imus, Cavite recently, recommitting their love for the environment as they recycled plastic bottles on-site.

The multi-level run consisting of 3K, 5K, 10K and 21k distance categories added a 1K Dog Run this year that proved to be brought out hundreds of dog owners who relished the bonding time and fun adventure with their pets.

“We brought back the Green Run because we were inspired by the response to the first Green Run. We saw how eager people were to get back to being active and resuming their normal lives in 2022 and and we received many requests to have another one this year. Then we added a Dog Run because we see a lot of individuals and families bringing their pets here to recreate and just chill on weekends, even weekdays. We’re glad we included fur babies in the fun because the response was overwhelming. We are definitely going to hold The Green Run every year in this vast, pollution-free space,” said Vermosa Project Development Manager Moses Aragones.


Entertainment celebrity Valeen Montenegro of GMA, an avowed Green Run enthusiast and serious runner, has participated in both Green Runs. “Last year I ran the very first half marathon of my life. This year I was able to break my 10K personal record and finally did a Sub 1 pace.”

“Running has many physical and mental benefits. It’s cardio, a calorie burner, it improves bone and muscle strength, gives you stamina and a runner’s high. Mentally, it has helped me manage stress, it has improved my sleep and I have more energy all day,” said Valeen.

“What I like best about Green Run is that it’s a safe and encouraging environment.” she added.

The run was staged inside the 740 hectare Vermosa Estate, Ayala Land Estates’ fourth largest estate, now cited as the newest growth center down south. Designed for complete mixed-use development similar to other Ayala Land properties, Vermosa is known for promoting an active and healthy lifestyle through state of the art sports facilities and recreational areas. It will be a complete package of residences, malls, offices, institutions, schools, a church, entertainment venues, sports-lifestyle facilities, government centers and BPOs.

Vermosa continues to commit to the environment by giving part of the Green Run proceeds to Haribon Foundation’s Adopt-a-Seedling Program. “Through the Green Run, we want to create greater awareness for the need to sustain life in our planet and help build stronger, fitter, happier individuals,” Aragones shared.

The Green Run 2023 was supported by FPG Insurance, MILO Philippines, SunLife, JGO Mart, Doggo Flask, Alaxan, Seda Hotel Nuvali, Merrell, Fitbar, Runnr, Toby’s, Pocari Sweat, Oishi, Equal Sugar, Healtway Qualimed Hospital and Immuntab Multivitamins.

Experience the Future at WOCEE and WOSAS 2023!

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Get ready to witness the grandest comeback of the ultimate convergence of innovation and safety as the much-awaited World of Consumer Electronics Expo (WOCEE) and World of Security and Safety Exposition (WOSAS) returns this August 9-12, 2023 at the SMX Convention Center Manila.

Prepare to immerse yourself in a world of cutting-edge technology, mind -blowing gadgets, and state-of-the-art security solutions! These two events are not just about exploring the latest innovations – this is also a prime platform for forging valuable business connections from our local and international exhibitors. Engage in targeted networking sessions in our BUSINESS MATCHING section and discover potential partnerships, investments, and collaborations from global brands.

This year, the pulsating heart of WOCEE and WOSAS is beating with the unyielding pursuit to discovery. Witness firsthand the technological advancements that will redefine the way we live and protect our communities - from Interactive displays to live demos, THE CIRCUIT will let you immerse into the world of never-before-seen innovations of VR’s, Metaverse and AI.

Brace yourselves to be enlightened by the brightest minds in the industry during the TECHTALKS and SECUCON! Gain profound knowledge about the emerging trends, best practices, and strategies that will empower you to adapt and thrive in an ever-evolving world.

The World of Consumer Electronics Expo (WOCEE) and the World of Security and Safety Expo (WOSAS), which are the most prominent global events in the technology and security industries, are joining forces BIGGER and BOLDER once again to provide an unparalleled experience to everyone. The WOCEE and WOSAS promise an unforgettable experience not just for tech enthusiasts and security professionals but to every curious mind!

Secure the dates August 9-12, 2023, and join us at the SMX Convention Center. Registration is on-going so sign-up NOW for FREE! This event is organized by Worldbex Services International- the leading event organizers in the country today.

SM Prime taps Citicore Renewables for the supply of Clean Energy

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(Photo caption from left to right) SM Prime Energy Consultant Jaime Patinio, SM Prime Chief Finance Officer John Nai Peng Ong, SM Prime President Jeffrey Lim, CREC Chairman Edgar Saavedra, CREC President & CEO Oliver Tan, CREC Sr. Manager Sales & Energy Trading Jerard Garcia

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime) and Citicore Renewable Energy Company (CREC) signed a Memorandum of Agreement on 11 July 2023 as a joint commitment to champion renewable energy.

Through this partnership, SM Prime will source its energy requirements of up to 90-Megawatts (MWac) from CREC’s upcoming Lumbangan Solar Power Plant in Tuy, Batangas. The long-term agreement will commence in the first half of 2024. This is in line with the Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA) policies of the Department of Energy.

This development further strengthens both CREC and SM Prime's commitment to the Department of Energy's program of moving up the renewable energy supply component of the Philippines to 35% by the year 2030.

“This partnership marks our strong commitment to providing sustainable operations in our developments nationwide. It is aligned with SM Prime's target of achieving net zero by the year 2040. SM Prime ensures that its risk-informed investments catalyze sustainable development and positive change in the communities where it operates,” said Mr. John Ong, SM Prime Chief Finance Officer.

The agreement with SM Prime adds to CREC’s long list of blue-chip company partners, attesting to the company’s solid performance and service excellence.

“We are happy to partner with SM Prime in providing clean and safe renewable energy for their power requirements,” said Mr. Oliver Tan, CREC President. “We believe that their support and trust in us through this partnership reflects our commitment as a renewable energy provider, and we are glad that SM Prime shares in our vision of a sustainable future,” Mr. Tan added. 


SM Prime is one of the largest integrated property developers in Southeast Asia that offers innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities with the development of malls, residences, offices, hotels, and convention centers.


Citicore Renewable aims to lead the renewable energy revolution by empowering Filipino communities through positive energy. With a projected 5 Gigawatts of green capacity addition in the next five years, Citocore Renewable is committed to powering a First-World Philippines with Pure Renewable Energy.

A Founder’s Dream: Urban Farming and the SM Foundation

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This Urban Farming initiative is led by the SM Foundation through its Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan on Sustainable Agriculture Program (KSK-SAP). It’s about uplifting the farmer community, fostering environmental consciousness, food security, and creating livelihood and income opportunities for marginalized urban communities. Through the KSK-SAP, a comprehensive program of urban farming techniques, product development, marketing, and basic accounting are offered in strategically-located field schools.

The KSK program has successfully conducted over 260 sustainable agricultural trainings, benefiting a total of 28,550 farmers. These trainings have taken place in both rural and urban settings, where participants have been exposed to sustainable farming modules that promote the cultivation of nutritious, high-quality vegetables and fruits.

Partnering with the SM Foundation, SM Supermalls, and SM Markets are the following government agencies; the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Tourism, and the Quezon City Government. Each government organization and LGU plays a vital role in maintaining the viability of the program, and so that no stone is left unturned in ensuring its success.

As an example, the SM Foundation has brought SM Supermalls and SM Markets into the picture so that as these urban farmers successfully harvest, they’re given an opportunity to market and sell their produce at the Sunday Markets that are now being held in several malls across the nation. When the produce reaches a volume that goes beyond this Sunday marketing mechanism, the SM Markets offer other alternatives.

It’s about creating integration and circularity so that a mini-economic ecosystem is realized. After all, it can’t be about teaching them what and how to farm and then leaving them with no outlet with which to monetize this harvest. The SM Foundation creates these strategic partnerships so that true income opportunities become part of the overall scenario.

Who would have thought that this vision of Henry Sy, Sr., back in 2007, would have been so uncanny in predicting the mounting problems and issues we face today in agriculture, sustainable food production, food security, and urban development? It’s a vision and dream that those in the SM Foundation are very proud to carry on, and deliver.

SM is in the business of creating a sustainable environment. From being the first to consider renewable energy in mall buildings, to implementing energy-saving devices, we continue to meet significant sustainability milestones.

Join the commitment to a more sustainable lifestyle at and #SMGreenMovement

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