Friday, August 11, 2023

ArenaPlus Becomes Official Sportsbook Partner of GILAS Pilipinas

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ArenaPlus, the 24/7 online sports betting app, has inked a 2-year partnership with the Philippines men's national basketball team, GILAS Pilipinas, becoming their official sportsbook partner. This collaboration follows ArenaPlus' groundbreaking bond with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to bring the highly anticipated FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 to the Philippines.

The partnership aims to provide an unparalleled basketball experience to Filipino fans. Andy Tsui, President of DigiPlus Interactive Corporation, the parent company of ArenaPlus, emphasized their commitment to innovation and elevating the fun for basketball enthusiasts. "We, in ArenaPlus, innovation is at the core of what we do. We continuously raise the bar by partnering with remarkable groups and organizations like GILAS Pilipinas. This partnership is a testament to our belief in the deep love Filipinos have for basketball. We want to enhance your sports appreciation and bring a whole new level of fun to your cheering experience," Tsui said.

Rafael Jasper Vicencio, President of Total Gamezone Xtreme Incorporated, thanked the organization and expressed his optimism for a successful partnership. "I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) for trusting ArenaPlus and giving us the opportunity to support GILAS Pilipinas. I can't wait for more fruitful engagements with this incredible team in the next 2 years. And as they say in GILAS, 'Puso,' and we promise to put our hearts into this partnership."

ArenaPlus will be supporting GILAS Pilipinas as they compete in the upcoming FIBA World Basketball Cup 2023, which will take place in the Philippines from August 25 to September 10. This year's roster includes Jordan Clarkson, Kiefer Ravena, Dwight Ramos, Angelo Kouame, and the ArenaPlus ambassador Scottie Thompson.

ArenaPlus is a licensed 24/7 online sports betting app by the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), offering the latest scores and results from hundreds and thousands of games worldwide, including PBA, NBA, PVL, and more. Download the ArenaPlus App now from Google Play and the App Store.

Flavors from the Shores' at Sheraton Manila Bay,Celebrating the Diverse Tastes of the Philippine Archipelago

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Prepare to set sail on an unparalleled gastronomic adventure as Sheraton Manila Bay proudly presents "Flavors from the Shores" on Thursday, August 24, 2023, at &More by Sheraton.

Drawing inspiration from the culinary palette of the Philippine archipelago, "Flavors from the Shores" celebrates the diverse aquatic delicacies from the pristine waters of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Delve into a meticulously curated four-part menu, artfully prepared by our talented chefs who skillfully blend tradition and innovation to create a unique pairing experience centered around freshly caught seafood delights.

Each course narrates a tale of the Philippines' cultural tapestry, illuminating the unique flavors of three pivotal islands: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Complementing these culinary wonders are precisely concocted cocktail pairings, elevating the essence of each cuisine. Infused with indigenous ingredients and regional inspiration, these cocktails—thoughtfully curated to elevate the dining journey—have been meticulously fashioned in partnership with Destileria Limtuaco & Co., Inc., the Philippines' oldest distillery, adding an extra layer of heritage to the experience.

Embark on your epicurean voyage with the enchanting "Salungo," a symphony of sea urchin and shrimp ravioli, king oyster mushroom sea urchin sauce, sea urchin custard, calamansi hollandaise sauce, salmon roe, and lime tuile. This delectable course is impeccably paired with the Manille Spritz, a concoction of Manille liqueur de calamansi, prosecco, sparkling water, and basil leaves. Transitioning to the Visayas, savor the mesmerizing "Litob," featuring gigantes scallop flambe, lima beans puree, roasted fish bones foam, black sweet and sour sauce, scallop, and goat cheese soufflรฉ, alongside carrots and fried cashew nuts. The accompanying Mangga't Suman cocktail, blending mango rum liqueur, mango puree, coconut horchata, and pandan, complements this culinary masterpiece.

The journey deepens with "Bariles," a tantalizing dish composed of Gensan tuna crudo, crab "aligue," coconut cream, ocean sponge, malunggay-wasabi infused oil, fresh tuna and avocado spring roll, soy gel, marinated seaweeds, and roasted sesame powder. The Halimuyak cocktail, a fusion of Dalandan liqueur, Jasmine green tea, orange, and lime, elegantly enhances the flavors of this course. Culminating the gourmet expedition is the "Luzviminda Trio" dessert, a masterpiece boasting buko pie top, coconut mousse, piaya on tablea truffles, sikwate sauce, budbud, durian ice cream, and fresh mango. The sublime pairing of the Merienda cocktail, featuring butter-washed rum, Amadeo coffee liqueur, espresso, and grated quezo de bola, concludes the feast.

Journey through this extraordinary #DiscoveryMoment and explore the harmonious symphony of tastes that pay tribute to the vibrant local communities from which they originate. The event unfolds in the elegant embrace of Sheraton Manila Bay, nestled in the iconic Manila Bay famed for its mesmerizing sunsets, setting the stage for a celebration that seamlessly weaves together culture, cuisine, and natural beauty.

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


SM Cherry Shaw kicks off “KICK IT, BEFORE IT KICKS YOU” at Cherry Turf PH

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SM Cherry Shaw recently launched the “Kick It, Before It Kicks You” program dedicated to introduce the youth to sports, such as football at the 3rd level at Cherry Turf PH.

A joint project of SM Cherry Shaw, SM Cares, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Mandaluyong City Police Station, the program aims to promote the government’s campaign “ Buhay Ingatan, Droga’y Ayawan” (BIDA).

The program was led by true-blooded Madaleรฑo, DILG Sec. Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr., who was later represented by Asst. Regional Director for DILG NCR Atty. Ana Lyn Baltazar-Cortez. “Promoting a healthy lifestyle among students requires physical education within their core. This initiative is among the many ways we can help the youth engage in physical activities like the sport football. It is also another step forward in saving our youth, especially those in high school levels, who are most vulnerable to meeting unscrupulous members of the society involved in using and selling illegal drugs,” said Atty. Baltazar-Cortez.


The activity was participated in by 100 high school students from Mataas na Paaralang Neptali A. Gonzales High School in Brgy. Mauway, Mandaluyong City. Hundreds of security personnel deployed in SM Cherry Shaw, SM Center Pasig, SM Megamall and The Podium also took part and showed support for the program.

About Cherry Turf PH

Cherry Turf PH’s entire pitch has an approximate area of 1,141.87 square meters while the entire playing area has 1,002.89 square meters of space ideal for 7-aside games and has roofing and shading system that’s welcoming for both football and non-football enthusiasts, a place where people can sit back, relax, eat and drink while watching people play football.

To know more about Cherry Turf PH in SM Cherry Shaw, Follow @SMCherryShaw on Facebook and Instagram.

Sigaw ng Kabataan Coalition (SKC) Celebrates 10 Years of Empowering Youth and Creating Lasting Impact

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The Sigaw ng Kabataan Coalition (SKC) is poised to celebrate a significant milestone as it marks its 10th Anniversary on August 18, 2023.

Founded in 2013, SKC has been a beacon of youth empowerment that created a significant impact on the Philippines' developmental landscape for a decade now.
SKC is a non-government organization and national coalition of youth and youth-serving organizations that represents more than 55,000 young people across the Philippines. Guided by a brilliant team of passionate and inspiring young leaders, SKC is committed to amplifying the voices of Filipino youth - empowering them to become active catalysts of change and advancements in our country.

In a transformative journey that began on August 18, 2013, a few days after the International Youth Day which is observed every 12th day of August, SKC has championed the cause of youth empowerment by providing a platform for young leaders to unite and collaborate. SKC also strived to drive meaningful impact through targeted initiatives aligned with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs) bearing the vision for a stronger and more resilient Philippines.

SKC has identified six developmental priorities in line with UN-SDGs that served as the roadmap for SKC's efforts – directing its unified actions towards meaningful contribution to the nation's sustainable growth and progress.

Development Priorities:

Quality and Accessible Education for All: Recognizing the transformative power of education, SKC is committed to ensuring that every Filipino youth has access to quality education regardless of their personal circumstances. As part of this commitment, SKC has launched the Books and Toys for Mangyan Children (BTMC) Project. Inspired by a Hanoi-based NGO founded by a World Economic Forum fellow, this project is dedicated to ethnic minorities such as the Tau-buid Mangyan Tribe. This initiative centers on providing the tribesmen the access to education and livelihood opportunities. A simple gift-giving that started in 2014 has evolved into an annual project with a more pronounced goal of elevating the tribe's people's holistic lifestyle.

SKC has likewise undertaken Project Kababata: Kalinga sa Bawat Bata, an advocacy campaign directed towards mainstreaming Sustainable Development Goals amidst a global pandemic in support of the mission to boost education. This project is a collaboration between SKC and the Global Institute for Youth Development to bridge the gaps in access to education brought about by the pandemic. Led by SKC Western Visayas Regional Guild, this initiative contributed to the ongoing efforts of the local government. SKC endeavored to secure quality education and care within the community while encouraging resilience and prioritizing wellness of the youth and families.

Climate and Environmental Action: Acknowledging the urgent need for environmental conservation, SKC is dedicated to raising awareness and promoting sustainable practices to protect the environment and combat climate change. One of their notable efforts in this realm was the 'Reforestation in Progress', an initiative organized with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Climate Change Commission (CCC), wherein the coalition effectively mobilized its members and allies with the specific goal of planting 50,000 trees nationwide. This endeavor exemplifies SKC's commitment to translating their principles into concrete actions that contribute to their overarching mission.
Poverty Reduction & Access to Adequate Food: SKC worked towards alleviating poverty by championing policies and programs that create economic opportunities – ensuring adequate access to nutrition for all.
Decent Jobs and Sustainable Livelihood: SKC is committed to equipping the youth with skills and resources necessary to secure jobs and build sustainable livelihoods.
Health and Social Welfare: SKC places a strong emphasis on improving the overall health and well-being of Filipino youth, advocating for accessible healthcare services and addressing social welfare concerns. SKC collaborated with its partner networks such as the Action for Economic Reforms (AER), New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP), and Health Justice Philippines in multiple efforts to inhibit access of youth to cigarettes. These concerns were highlighted through various initiatives, underscoring the interplay between tobacco tax, the UHC Act, and youth smoking risks. The coalition actively advocates for measures prioritizing public health and equitable healthcare for underprivileged families, while pushing for the effective implementation of the UHC Act to safeguard the youth and enhance the healthcare system.

Peace in Diversity: Embracing the Philippines' tapestry of cultural richness, SKC remains steadfast in its commitment to nurturing inclusivity and cohesion across diverse communities. This endeavor is driven by the aspiration to cultivate an environment of peace and unity. A cornerstone of this effort is the Philippine Intercultural Youth Convention (PIYC), a flagship program of SKC strategically designed to serve as a dynamic platform to spark dialogues on pertinent national concerns accentuating the pivotal role of youth in advancing peace and development.
Moreover, PIYC serves as an interactive arena where the vibrant hues of Philippine cultures harmonize. By facilitating convergence, the Convention significantly contributes to the cultivation of a profound appreciation among young individuals for the multifaceted cultural tapestry that defines the local heritage of the nation. This multifunctional initiative not only sparks meaningful conversations but also fosters a lasting intercultural understanding that echoes the harmony SKC strives to foster.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, SKC has also been granted a Special Consultative Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This recognition empowers SKC to actively engage with ECOSOC and contribute to global discussions on youth empowerment, development, and sustainable solutions. This status allows SKC to voice the concerns and perspectives of Filipino youth on an international platform and further strengthen its advocacy efforts.

"Makialam! Makiisa! Makibahagi!" – Beyond being a mantra, these words encapsulate a call to action that lies at the core of SKC's identity. This rallying cry is not merely words, but an embodiment of dynamic ethos that beckons individuals to actively participate in a movement that holds the power to enact transformative change, build interconnected communities, and embolden the potential of the youth.

Ellirie Nicolas Aviles, Founder and Chairman of Sigaw ng Kabataan Coalition, expressed his enthusiasm for the anniversary, stating, "As we celebrate a decade of transformative efforts, we look back on our journey and the impact we've created. This occasion isn't just a reflection of our past, but a resounding call for all our members to once again unite under the SKC banner – igniting the flames of meaningful change within our communities."

Over the years, SKC's efforts centered on empowering young people through training, education, and civic engagements – molding the youth into becoming leaders and agents of change in their communities.

As SKC embarks on the next phase of its journey, the organization invites all to join in commemorating its 10th Founding Anniversary, reinforcing a shared commitment to youth empowerment and community progress.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

A.I.VOLUTION: The Synergy of Marketing and Artificial Intelligence

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Embrace and explore the boundless possibilities of artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Enter the journey to the future while paving the path to a new era together with PUP Taguig - Junior Marketing Association! ⏳๐Ÿ”ฎ

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WOCEE and WOSAS 2023: Enter a New World of Innovations and Safety

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The country’s biggest and most innovative technology and safety expositions are finally back at the SMX Convention Center Manila. Today, the 5th edition of WOCEE and WOSAS officially launched, showcasing more innovations and safety features than ever before. This year’s themes for both events highlight how these events will take you away to a new and never before seen place. WOCEE will take you to a “World of Innovation” and WOSAS will take you to a “World of Safety”.

The opening of WOCEE and WOSAS was graced by DOST - Industrial Technology Development Institute Ms. Annabelle V. Briones, Undersecretary Department of Information and Communications Technology Republic of the Philippines Ms. Anna May Yu Lamentillo, DILG Assistant Secretary for Public and Safety Mr. Florencio Bernabe, and Chief of Staff - Pasay City Mr. Peter Eric D. Pardo. All of the distinguished guests provided their own keynote speeches towel come the return of WOCEE and WOSAS.

Both expositions will feature an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and product demonstrations, offering attendees an unforgettable opportunity to engage with industry pioneers, and thought leaders. These events will also showcase the greatest innovations and inventions the Philippines has to offer. These range from security lock systems, durable apparel, advanced security cameras, robots, and even smart AI tools. You can also visit the different and informative seminars from the Tech Talk and SECUCON seminars. These seminars will feature different topics to get you the jumpstart you need in getting on the right track to living in the future. Lastly, come and see the different product demos from the exhibitors who are eager to show off their latest products and see how these inventions can help enhance a person’s lifestyle. You can even try out these products when you come to these exhibits.

This year’s WOCEE and WOSAS is shaping to be the prime event for innovations to shine.

Enter a brand new world of innovation and safety at the SMX Convention Center Manila starting today until August 12, 2023!

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Dogs in the Philippine History: A chronicle of cultural and historical encounters with 'man's best friend'

Book Author Ian Christopher B. Alfonso narrates his journey of completing his book "Dogs in Philippine History" during the book launch held at the Presidential Car Museum at the Quezon City Circle, August 5, 2023.

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A book that discusses the nearly 4,000-year relationship of dogs and humans in the Philippines was recently launched at the NHCP Presidential Car Museum, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.

Dog lovers and history lovers gathered together to support the launch of the book Dogs in Philippine History by Ian Chistopher B. Alfonso published by Alaya Publishing, Project Saysay, and the Philippine Historical Association (PHA).

Scholars and popular figures who delivered their reviews during the book launch receive their printed copies at the event.

Author Ian Christopher B. Alfonso shared in an interview that he started gathering photos, paintings and illustrations back in 2013 while writing a narrative resulting in a book with 600 plus pages.

“Hindi ko in-expect na kakapal ng ganyan ng 10 years kasi nga unti-unti dumarating ‘yung mga datos na dati talagang wala pang nagsusulat, ang hirap hanapin ng mga sources,” Alfonso stated.

[I didn't expect it to be so thick in 10 years because the data is slowly coming that no one has written before, it's hard to find the sources.]

Alfonso added that the book also features some monuments of dogs in the Philippines such as “Kabang,” the hero dog of Zamboanga, who lost her snout for saving two children from a motorcycle crash.

He explained, dogs are also part of history and he envisioned that stories about dogs will also spark conversations about the Filipino culture and society in order to provide some solutions to the faults in our culture.

“Lalo na meron tayong problema sa rabis hanggang ngayon. Baka may problema na ‘yung kultura natin? o problema ba talaga ‘yung kultura? Baka puwedeng mag-adjust ‘yung kultura? [Gaya ng] ginawa ng mga Hapon, pinilit nilang maka-diskubre ng bakuna para sa mga aso para lang maligtas ‘yung aso nila dahil ganon nila kamahal ‘yung mga aso nila,” Alfonso shared in an interview during the book launch.

[Especially, we have a problem with rabies until now. Maybe our culture has a problem? or is culture really a problem? Maybe the culture can adjust? [As] the Japanese did, they tried to discover a vaccine for dogs just to save their dogs because they love their dogs that much.]

Historian and Professor Xiao Chua delivers his testimonial during the book launch.

Historian and Professor Xiao Chua said during the book launch that the book “Dogs in Philippine History” is a public history that showed what the people and society did to dogs through the years.

One of the accounts shared during the event was about the Spanish Government's declaration of the existence of rabies in the Philippines during the 1800s. Every household is only allowed to have one dog, excess should be killed in order to prevent rabies since the anti-rabies vaccines were not yet available at the time. Those killed are ordered to be buried at Luneta until the arrival of vaccines in the country in the 1930s.

Alfonso said he hopes his book would enlighten society to learn from the faults of the past and develop a better culture away from a mediocre society.

“Sana may ganun din tayong kultura na kaya niyang baguhin yung lipunan hindi lang yung kulturang lilipas lang na parang bahala na, nandyan na yan, parang yung mediocre na society. Sana gamitin natin yung mga faults ng kultura natin para makapagbahagi ng solusyon,” Alfonso stated.

[I hope we also have a culture that can change society, not just the culture that will just pass away as if it's okay, that's already there, like the mediocre society. I hope we use the faults of our culture to share a solution.]

In addition to the author, the following scholars and popular figures will speak at the launch: Dr. Emmanuel Franco Calairo, NHCP Chairperson; Dr. Ma. Luisa Camagay, President of PHA; Prof. Michael Charleston Chua, public historian and assistant professor of De La Salle University Manila; Ms. Mona Magno-Veluz, genealogist known on social media as Mighty Magulang; Mr. Taj Vitales, archaeologist from the National Museum of the Philippines; Dr. Vicente Villan, historian and anthropologist from the University of the Philippines Diliman; Dr. Jose Diaz, veterinarian and historian from the Cavite Historical Society; Dr. Nicolo Ludovice, animal historian and lecturer from the University of Hong Kong; and, Dr. Jose Victor Torres, historian and professor from the De La Salle University Manila.

Pet lovers were also allowed to bring their dogs and cats at the venue.

Those who would like to avail of the book Dogs in Philippine History may order through the book's official Facebook page (

Cinemalaya: Props up artistic integrity, illuminates Filipino filmmakers' visions of nationhood

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The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival has pushed the boundaries for creative expression in the last 19 years by avidly propping up artistic integrity and illuminating the Filipino filmamakers’ visions of nationhood.

Since 2005, Cinemalaya has continued to discover, encourage and support the cinematic works of upcoming and veteran Filipino filmmakers who boldly articulate and freely interpret the Philippine experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.

“Ang Cinemalaya ay hindi lamang panonood ng pelikula kundi rin ito’y pakikisalamuha dun sa mga tinatawag nating mga pangkulturang manggagawa, cultural workers or creative workers ng cinema, tulad ng filmmakers, directors, cinematographers, actors,” Cinemalaya Festival Director Chris Millado shared in an interview during the Cinemalaya 19 opening night held at the PICC.

Cinemalaya Film Festival Director Chris Millado announces the opening of the 19th year of Cinemalaya Film FestivalCinemalaya Film Festival Director Chris Millado announces the opening of the 19th year of Cinemalaya Film Festival

The cast and crew of animation film Iti Mapukpukaw starring Dolly de Leon (center).

Online influencers pose on the red carpet during the opening night of Cinemalaya 19 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

[Cinemalaya is not just watching a movie but also engaging with what we call cultural workers or creative workers of cinema, such as filmmakers, directors, cinematographers, actors.]

Director Millado shared that unlike normal film viewing in a cinema where people will just enter the moviehouse and leave afterward, in Cinemalaya, the audience will be able to interact with the present filmmakers of the film, those who worked in front and behind the camera, and ask them about their insights of the film and things about filmmaking.

To date, Cinemalaya has supported and promoted the production of Filipino full feature independent films and short films. Many of these films have won awards in local and international competitions and festivals. Through the annual festival, Cinemalaya has showcased over 1,000 works by independent filmmakers including full feature films, shorts, documentaries, Filipino film classics, and art films.

Regional filmmakers dominate this year’s festival

According to Cinemalaya Festival Director Chris Millado, regional filmmakers outnumbered the filmmakers from Manila joining this year.

“Meron tayong mga gawa at hindi lamang maririnig din natin ‘yung mga wika galing sa Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod, Bicol. Kaya talagang napakaraming kwento ‘yung nailahad at talagang ibang-iba ang lasa ng bawat pelikulang inihain sa atin ng ating filmmakers.” Festival Director Chris Millado shared during an interview at the opening night held at PICC.

[We will also hear the languages from Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod, Bicol. That's why there are so many stories that have been presented and the taste of each movie served to us by our filmmakers is really very different.]

Following the theme “ilumiNasyon,” the country’s pioneering independent film festival returns with 10 full-lengths and 10 short films in competition, as well as other components that will secure a space for independent filmmakers to tell their stories and share their perspectives on the issues that shape our times, while capturing the audience’s imagination.

The 10 competing full-length films are: ANG DUYAN NG MAGITING (THE CRADLE OF THE BRAVE) by Dustin Celestino; AS IF IT’S TRUE by John Rogers; BULAWAN NGA USA (GOLDEN DEER) by Kenneth De la Cruz; GITLING by Jopy Arnaldo; HULING PALABAS (FIN) by Ryan Espinosa Machado; ITI MAPUKPUKAW (THE MISSING) by Carl Joseph E. Papa; MARIA by She Andes; ROOKIE by Samantha Lee and Natts Jadaone; TETHER by Gian Arre; and WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER by Kevin Mayuga.


Additional genre participate in the competition category

Cinemalaya Film Festival Director Chris Millado shared that there will be a 90-minute animation film entitled Iti Mapukpukaw (The Missing), and a 75-minute documentary film entitled Maria joining the competition category for the first time.

Iti Mapukpukaw is a Filipino-Ilocano rotoscope animated film that follows Eric’s life as it twists and turns after the arrival of the familiar alien and his uncle's death; both trigger Eric to remember his past and untangle his memories.

Maria documentary follows three women named Maria after the bloodbath of Former President Duterte’s drug war. A staunch supporter turned victim, a wife & mother fighting for their rights, and a woman who became a beacon of hope.

Cinemalaya 19 takes place at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) this year

This year’s Cinemalaya 19 brought its brand of cinematic experience to the Philippine International Convention Center amidst the ongoing rehabilitation of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Main Building where the usual Cinemalaya Film Festival is usually held.

“We hope to retain the unique community spirit of the festival, which was one of the main considerations when we were deciding on the venue. If we look at the history of the convention center, PICC is quite conducive for film screenings, having hosted the Manila International Film Festival in the 1980s,” CCP President Margie Moran-Floirendo stated.

For its 10-day run, the Cinemalaya films will be screened at three meeting rooms, Cinema Rizal (Meeting Room 1), Cinema Bonifacio (Meeting Room 2 and 3), and Cinema Felipe (Meeting Room 4). Fringe events and talkbacks will be held at Cinema Palma (Meeting Room 5). The exhibitions and filmmakers’ profiles will be on display at the Executive Lounge.

Film enthusiasts and festival fans will continue to enjoy the festival’s mainstays: Retrospective, lookback to winning films of past Cinemalaya editions; Best of the Festivals, which showcases the best films from local festivals; Visions of Asia, featuring award-winning Asian and Netpac films; Premieres, featuring never-before-screen films; and Dokyu, which screens award-winning documentaries.

The Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, considered the longest-running independent film competition of its kind in the ASEAN region, will once again harvest the best of the best, with films competing in various categories such as Short Feature/Narrative, Experimental, Documentary and Animation. Pre-selected entries will be screened on August 5 to 7, at the CCP Tanghalang Ignacio B. Gimenez (CCP Blackbox Theater). Awarding will be on August 12.

For more information, visit CCP website ( and Cinemalaya website ( Follow the official CCP and Cinemalaya Facebook pages and other social media accounts in Twitter, Instagram and Tiktok.

The cast and crew of the Cinemalaya opening film dark comedy thriller “Marupok AF (Where Is The Lie?)” directed by Quark Henares, starring Maris Racal and Royce Cabrera.

Cinemalaya Opening Night Red Carpert Photo Gallery:

The E-Waste Project marks its Eleventh Year

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As society grows, the community develops, and the world constantly changes. However, at the edge of this precipice is E-waste - a global economic problem that consistently plagues our Earth. E-waste encompasses the growing number of improperly disposed, old, and defective electronic devices, which poses a threat to the environment, especially when left unattended.

Driven by the desire to promote proper E-waste management and disposal, The E-Waste Project (TEP) was made to combat and reduce the adverse effects of E-waste in our community.

For this initiative, UP Circuit, our organization within the University of the Philippines Diliman was given the 2023 Ignacio B. Gimenez Award for UP Student Organizations’ Social Innovation Project Excellence Award.

Coming this August, TEP plans to hold its webinar, collection drive, and a stream of informative videos, all in an effort for promoting a more sustainable world.

#TEPTalks, a webinar on “Empowering Youth to Combat E-Waste for a Sustainable Future”, aims to equip youth with the proper knowledge, tools, and resources to take action against the E-waste crisis. The webinar will be held on August 12, 2023, at 2 PM via Zoom, and is available on TEP’s Facebook page via livestream.

Following this, TEP resumes its face-to-face week-long collection drive which will run from August 17 to 23, 2023, at the Engineering Lawn, UP Diliman. E-waste drop-off points will also be set up at the College of Science Library and Gyud Food Market, UP Food Hub. In the same week, Karitronics returns, wherein a kariton will be roaming within the campus to collect E-waste.

TEP does not simply rely on one person, or on one group to achieve its mission, it extends its reach to the community at large. Through the effort of everyone who participates and contributes, and shares our vision of the future, we can succeed with this endeavor.

Now moving forward in its eleventh year, TEP strives to continue its mission, working towards a greener future–one big sTEP at a time. Para sa bayan, para sa mundo.

New QA Testing course for beginners from EdTech company GoIT aims to help nurture growth of IT sector in PH

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President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. recently identified IT-BPM (Business Processing Management) as a key industry that makes the Philippines a “service export powerhouse,” and called for support to continue nurturing the sector’s growth.

To help with this, GoIT—Europe’s leading EdTech company—is offering a new Quality Assurance (QA) Testing course perfect for beginners in the IT industry. There remains plenty of opportunity in the sector even for those who have no background in coding and programming, according to Khrystyna Gankevych, GoIT group Head of growth.

QA Analysts, for instance, do not require advanced knowledge in mathematics and web development but are vital to any IT company. QA Analysts have the crucial task of checking softwares, ensuring that they are working correctly, and finding possible issues. Being a QA Analyst also comes with competitive salaries reaching up to P35,000 every month, according to recent numbers from JobStreet.


“Being a QA Analyst is the fastest way to get into IT without having advanced knowledge in programming or mathematics. As a QA Analyst, you get the chance to work with big IT companies and even make the transition to bigger roles in the future, such as Web developer, Front end developer,” Gankevych explained.

Filipinos looking to maximize their opportunities and enter the IT industry can take the new QA Testing course of GoIT. It is fully online with synchronous classes held every evening, led by a team of highly qualified local mentors who are established Filipino professionals working for the biggest IT companies in the country and in the world.

Students will learn not only the basics of testing, but also the levels and types of testing encountered in the line of work. The course will also help develop some of the soft skills expected of a QA Analyst, such as teamwork, time management, and communication skills.

Since its launch earlier this year, GoIT has been training newly minted IT professionals in the Philippines through its Fullstack course. So far, more than 3,000 people have attended GoIT’s webinars—with the first batch of Fullstack course completers introduced to the IT industry back in June.

“The Filipino talent is unique, and has been instrumental in the IT industry all around the world,” said Gankevich, who hopes to encourage more Filipinos to explore a fulfilling career in IT. “We are here to equip Filipinos with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in IT and the goal is that our Filipino students will make significant contributions to their country’s IT sector.”

About GoIT

GoIT is an international tech education company for beginners, the market leader in this segment in CEE. Currently, the organization counts approx. 400 employees, operating in countries such as Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Mexico, Colombia and the USA and plans to expand globally.

In its eight years of activity, GoIT courses have been completed by approx. 15,000 graduates, 99% of whom are people looking for a career change and starting from scratch in IT.

GoIT offers a unique business model: free 7 days coding challenges to introduce people to the world of IT and the company's courses and mentoring throughout the collaboration.

WOSAS 2023: The World’s Safest Place

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The World Of Safety and Security Expo is an annual event that brings together world-wide leading companies and professionals in the safety and security industry to showcase the latest advancements and best practices. With a mission to create a safer and more secure world, the expo serves as a platform for knowledge exchange, networking, and collaboration among stakeholders from various sectors.

WOSAS 2023 is set to be the most comprehensive and anticipated event of the year, showcasing the latest innovations and technologies in the industry. This highly anticipated exposition will take place at SMX Convention Center from August 9-12, 2023, bringing together industry leaders, experts, and enthusiasts under one roof.

This year's expo is proud to feature some of the most prominent brands in the safety and security industry, each offering ground-breaking solutions to meet the demands of a never-changing world. Some of the participating brands include: Netic Philippines, Azimuth Corp., Hobby Dynamics, Delta Plus, and Activ8 just to name a few.

One of the key attractions of The World Of Safety and Security Expo is "The Circuit Gallery," a dedicated area where visitors can interact with and experience live demonstrations of the latest safety and security technologies. This immersive exhibit will provide attendees with hands-on access to world renown equipment and solutions, enabling them to understand the practical applications of these innovations better.

A highlight of this year's expo is the live demonstration by the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO). This demonstration will showcase the city's readiness and preparedness to handle emergencies and natural disasters. The Manila DRRMO will exhibit their coordinated response strategies, utilizing the showcased safety and security technologies to illustrate how they can effectively mitigate potential risks and protect lives and property during challenging situations.

Your safety is our priority so come and listen to the WOSAS SECUCON for FREE! There will be more than 10 topics to be discussed on this 4-day event. Here are some of the topics to be

discussed and some of our speakers.

1. Dr. Francis Aldrine Uy 

USHER and WEHLO: Localized Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction

2. Mr. Chris "Bato" Santos

Building Emergency Resilient Communities

3. Mr. Jeffrey Perez

Preparing for the BIG ONE:

Understanding Earthquake Hazards in Metro Manila

4. Dir. Eduardo Fulgencio 

Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Risk Management

The World Of Safety and Security Expo 2023 is a must-attend event for industry professionals, government agencies, and anyone concerned about safety and security. Visitors will have the opportunity to network with experts, learn from informative seminars, and explore a diverse range of products and services that aim to make the world a safer place.

Join us at SMX Convention Center from August 9-12, 2023 and be part of this groundbreaking exposition. For more information and to register for the event, please visit

Registration is for FREE! The keyword is FREE because we believe that everyone deserves to feel safe.

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Monday, August 7, 2023

DepEd emphasizes bayanihan spirit in simpler Brigada Eskwela 2023 launch

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The Department of Education (DepEd) highlighted the bayanihan spirit, cooperation, and collaboration among its stakeholders and partners in the national kick-off of the 2023 Brigada Eskwela (BE) on Monday at Tarlac National High School.

“Brigada Eskwela [or] Schools Maintenance Week is an appeal to the bayanihan spirit of every Filipino to help prepare our schools for the opening of classes,” Vice President and Secretary of Education Sara Z. Duterte noted.

With the theme “Bayanihan Para sa Matatag na Paaralan,” this year’s BE underscored the country’s volunteer initiatives to ensure a clean, safe, inclusive, and child-friendly learning environment for learners and teaching and non-teaching personnel, and strengthen resiliency of schools and basic education.

The Department has issued DO No. 21, s, 2023, or known as the 2023 Brigada Eskwela Implementing Guidelines, to guide schools on sustaining partnership engagement activities and ensure its alignment with the components of the MATATAG Agenda.

“Ang Brigada Eskwela is pina-simple po namin, kung nakita ninyo sa Department Order na ilinabas namin. Pina-simple namin para maintindihan ng lahat. It is just making our schools functional, clean, and orderly, inside and outside classrooms, and within school sites,” VP-Sec. Duterte explained.

Running from August 14 to 19, the advocacy program aims to encourage more local governments, communities, businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other local and national partners to support the implementation of BE and contribute in adequately preparing public schools for the opening of classes on August 29.

To date, DepEd has received about 44 million donations from partners for public schools nationwide and about 1.6 million donations for Tarlac National High School.

For this year’s BE, the Department will no longer hold contests for Best Implementing School Awards, Hall of Fame Awards, and Brigada Plus at the national level to emphasize the true spirit of volunteerism. Schools, districts, and divisions may still give recognition to partners and stakeholders that participated in BE.

This move is to completely prevent the schools, school heads, teachers, and other personnel from holding solicitations to raise contributions for the conduct of its BE activities.

During the kick-off event, VP-Sec. Duterte visited the booths of DepEd’s 31 partner organizations who participated in the exhibit that showcases their support, contributions, and initiatives to public schools nationwide.

Best Camping Tips That Will Boost Your Outdoor Experience in 2023

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Camping is an exhilarating adventure that allows us to break free from the hustle and bustle of daily life and immerse ourselves in the embrace of nature. Whether you're an experienced camper or a first-timer, there's always something new to learn to enhance your outdoor experience. From setting up camp efficiently to mastering the art of campfire cooking, cool camping tips can elevate your adventure to a whole new level. Therefore, here are a few valuable insights and practical advice to help you make the most out of your camping escapades.

Choose the Perfect Campsite

Selecting the right campsite can significantly impact the quality of your camping experience, turning it from ordinary to extraordinary. As you embark on your outdoor adventure, there are several key factors to consider when seeking that perfect spot in nature's embrace. Firstly, look for a flat and level spot to set up your temporary home away from home. A level surface ensures a more comfortable sleeping arrangement and prevents any discomfort during your restful nights under the stars. Moreover, it provides stability for your tent and other camping equipment, reducing the risk of any unexpected mishaps.

Apart from flat terrain, it is crucial to steer clear of potential hazards that may mar your camping bliss. Stay vigilant and avoid areas under tall trees with dead or unstable branches that may come crashing down, disrupting your peaceful stay. Likewise, be mindful of flood-prone areas to prevent any unpleasant surprises during rainy days. Ensuring your campsite is free from such risks adds an extra layer of security, allowing you to truly relax and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.

Pitching Your Tent Like a Pro

One of the most essential camping skills that can truly make or break your camping trip is pitching a tent effectively. This skill is not only about speed but also about precision and stability. Before embarking on your camping expedition, invest some time in practicing assembling your tent. Familiarize yourself with all its components and the step-by-step process to save valuable time and avoid frustration at the campsite.

As Mother Nature can be unpredictable, it's crucial to secure your tent properly to withstand various weather conditions. Imagine a scenario where you encounter sudden gusts of wind or an unexpected downpour. Knowing that your tent is well-anchored brings immense peace of mind during such moments. Ensure you use sturdy tent stakes and guy lines to fortify your shelter, ensuring it stays firmly in place.

Mastering Campfire Building

Ah, the campfire! The heart and soul of camping camaraderie. Building a campfire is not only a skill but also an art form that brings people together, igniting conversations and memories that last a lifetime. However, the process of building a campfire goes beyond just throwing a bunch of logs together and lighting a match. Safety should always be the top priority.

First and foremost, familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of the camping area regarding fires. Many campgrounds have designated fire pits or rings, ensuring the safety of both campers and the surrounding environment. Always adhere to these guidelines to protect delicate ecosystems and prevent potential hazards.

Essential Cooking Hacks

Cooking while camping can be a delightful experience, allowing you to savor delicious meals amidst the breathtaking beauty of nature. To make the most of your culinary escapades, consider some essential cooking hacks that will elevate your camping cuisine. When planning your camping meals, simplicity is key. Opt for easy-to-prepare recipes with minimal ingredients and cookware. Camping is not the time to attempt gourmet masterpieces with a long list of ingredients. Instead, focus on meals that are both tasty and straightforward to cook.

Investing in a quality camping cook set or a portable stove can revolutionize your outdoor cooking game. These compact and lightweight cookware options are specifically designed for camping, making it a breeze to prepare your favorite dishes. They are often equipped with efficient heat distribution, making your cooking process quicker and more efficient.

Staying Organized

Maintaining a tidy and organized campsite not only enhances the overall camping experience but also contributes to a more enjoyable and stress-free trip. Picture yourself in a well-organized camp where everything has its designated place, and you can easily find what you need when you need it. Blissful, right?

To achieve this level of camping zen, invest in some plastic containers or ziplock bags to compartmentalize your camping gear, food supplies, and personal items. Sorting your belongings into different containers will not only keep your campsite tidy but also protect your items from damage or getting lost in the wilderness. Also, pack all your essentials and some extra clothes just in case you need them, including a protective waterproof jacket that might be very helpful during rainy, windy, and cold nights.

Navigating the Campground

One of the worst feelings during camping is the fear of getting lost in the vast expanse of the campground. To avoid this unpleasant scenario and navigate like a seasoned explorer, there are several smart tactics to employ. Before setting off on any hikes or explorations, familiarize yourself with the campground's trail maps. Many campgrounds provide maps that highlight the different trails, attractions, and landmarks within the area. Study these maps in advance, noting key landmarks and the layout of the camping grounds. Understanding the terrain and the location of essential facilities, such as restrooms or water sources, can make a significant difference during your camping trip.

For the tech-savvy camper, GPS devices or smartphone apps can be valuable tools for navigation. Numerous camping and hiking apps offer real-time GPS tracking, making it easier to follow designated trails or mark points of interest. However, don't solely rely on technology, as battery life and signal reception can sometimes be unpredictable in remote areas. Make sure to have a backup plan in case your electronic devices fail you.

Camping is an adventure like no other, allowing us to unplug from the digital world and reconnect with nature. By implementing these cool camping tips, you can enhance your outdoor experience and create lasting memories. Embrace the beauty of the wilderness, challenge yourself with outdoor activities, and forge connections with fellow campers, as you embark on a journey of discovery, growth, and relaxation amidst the wonders of the natural world. Happy camping!

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