Friday, April 5, 2024

Bridging the Future with MIAS 2024: NOW OPEN!

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The Philippines’ premier automotive event is back, even bigger and bolder than ever! The Manila International Auto Show 2024 (MIAS) returns to showcase the best of the automotive industry and its future, elevating the industry to newer heights! For the first time in MIAS history, this event will be held in TWO mega-venues: the World Trade Center Metro Manila and SMX Convention Center Manila!

This year’s theme for MIAS 2024 is “Bridging the Future”, a statement that describes MIAS very well as the prime auto show event to showcase the future developments and innovations of the automotive industry and display all of these to the present-day people for them to look forward to. The opening of this event was held on April 4, hosted by avid automotive influencer and TV personality, James Deakin. Guests of honor were present in the opening ceremony, giving their welcome messages. President of the Automobile Association of the Philippines -, Mr. Augustus “Joe” V. Ferreria; First Gentleman of Pasay City and the President of Expedia Management Inc. her better half, Mr. Edgardo Rubiano; Usec Frisco San Juan of MMDA; From the Office of the Special Assistant to the President for Investment and Economic Affairs ASEC Kristine Joy Diaz-Teston; and Hon. Sec. Jaime Bautista represented by Assistant Secretary Road Transport and Infrastructure ASEC James Melad.

MIAS 2024 is packed with many activities and events that will entertain you. From the latest car reveals, truck displays, Russ Swift’s Stunt Show, the Die-Cast Car Collection, and even the Petron Custom and Classic Car Competition, you’ll find MIAS 2024 to be an unforgettable experience.

Witness how MIAS 2024 is bridging the future of the automotive industry when you come visit the event, from April 4 to 7, 2024, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila and SMX Convention Center Manila! What are you waiting for? Get your tickets now at

MIAS 2024 is for the benefit of ABS CBN Foundation Inc. and is organized by Worldbex Services International.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

The Impact of Sustainable Packaging on the Greener Environment

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The bombing of the e-commerce business diverted manufacturers' attention to product packaging. Sustainable packaging shapes the future of the e-commerce business. Packaging manufacturing utilizes eco-friendly materials and different design techniques to minimize waste. 

Environmentally friendly packaging components, such as recyclable, renewable, and composable, significantly lower the carbon footprint compared to traditional packaging. 

Sustainable packaging practices require a manufacturer to reduce the environmental impacts, save money in the long run, and overcome the challenges arising from traditional packaging practices. 

Let's delve into the details of how it reduces environmental impacts to save our planet, why people are acknowledging this packaging and its effects on business. 

Details About Sustainable Packaging 

It does not only keep goods safe while in transit. It's a comprehensive strategy that starts from the packaging material to the whole lifecycle, from the point of origin to disposal, to keep the environment healthy while not disturbing the sales graph. A few factors make this packaging suitable are: 

● Less virgin resources are needed, such as recycled paper-based cardboard boxes and plastic bottles with recycled plastic components. 

● Packaging composed of naturally decomposing plant-based materials like seaweed can reduce landfill garbage. 

● Using fewer materials overall produces a lesser environmental impact. This may entail maximizing box dimensions and employing robust yet lightweight materials. 

● Promoting the reuse of packaging for storage or other uses helps prolong its useful life and reduce waste. You can use refillable containers or reusable canvas bags. 

● Some packaging materials can be composted with food scraps to replenish the soil with essential nutrients. It is how they do not only end up filling the landfills. 

Reasons Behind The Adoption Of Sustainable Packaging 

Sustainable packaging speaks to the changing values of consumers who are more concerned about the ecosystem. Consumers seek to support companies that share their responsibility for the environment. The company matches its desire for a greener future, so it has a chance for growth thanks to sustainable packaging.

Using sustainable packaging indicates that a company is committed to ethical production methods. This transparency fosters confidence in consumers who care about the environment. 

Furthermore, the idea that sustainable packaging is less effective is beginning to change. 

Technological developments guarantee that these solutions provide outstanding functionality and protection for the product compared to traditional packaging. 

The Ecological Benefit 

Sustainable packaging is not only good for increasing the business ratio but also has numerous environmental advantages come with sustainable packaging: 

1. Conventional packaging takes hundreds of years to break down in landfills, where it ends up in alarming quantities. Sustainable materials divert garbage from landfills since they break down quickly or can be recycled. 

2. Traditional plastic packaging uses a lot of energy and emits greenhouse gases during production. Compared to this, producing sustainable materials uses less energy, lowering the total amount of carbon emissions. 

3. Most importantly, sustainable packaging contributes to preserving valuable natural resources such as trees to save them for future generations. 

4. Packaging that is made with plastic spreads pollution and damages ecosystems and wildlife. However, sustainable packaging saves biodiversity and the environment. It does not release harmful substances to lessen the impacts of carbon footprints on the environment. 

Role Of Sustainable Packaging In Business Growth 

Today’s manufacturers are smart enough to know the benefits of sustainable packaging in business growth. It is healthy for the planet and considered an intelligent move to beat the fierce competition. Potential benefits that you will probably get with it: 

Major Improvement In Brand Image 

Customers are willing to pay more for sustainable items. Businesses may present a favorable brand image and draw consumer attention by sharing their values about sustainable practices. 

Positive word-of-mouth marketing, enhanced brand awareness, and consumer loyalty are the three components that can be obtained from this. 

Potential Cost Savings

Using sustainable packaging materials may require a more significant initial expenditure, but substantial long-term cost savings may exist. Sometimes environmentally friendly packaging is lighter or more compact, which saves on transportation expenses and improves the efficiency of the supply chain. 

Additionally, as they produce less waste for landfills, businesses might save money on waste disposal rates. Because of economies of scale, production costs are anticipated to drop as demand for environmentally friendly packaging increases. 

Enhanced Efficiency 

Sustainable packaging ensures operational efficiencies through the supply chain process. 

Shipping several products in a single container is efficient enough because it is light and compact. Plus, this lowers the transportation price, minimizing storage space issues and the complexity of logistics as a whole. 

Innovation and Differentiation 

Companies can establish themselves as leaders in their sector by adopting sustainable packaging. In a crowded market, this dedication to sustainability can make all the difference and draw in eco-aware investors and customers. Innovation in environmentally friendly package design and materials can also open up new avenues for product development. 


Sustainable packaging is a vital approach to help businesses grow by attracting consumers. It also shows the government that companies are playing their part in minimizing waste, conserving resources, and protecting the planet for future generations. Opting for sustainable packaging is a first step that significantly impacts sales and improves overall brand image. 

Sustainable packaging, along with the reasons behind its adoption, will keep your brand active in the competition. The ecological benefits help you maintain the earth's temperature, which is a major concern that we all need to work together to solve. 

Furthermore, the wonders do not end here. The role of sustainable packaging in business growth will help you in different regards: significant improvement in brand image, potential cost savings, enhanced efficiency innovation, and differentiation. So, with this option, without having second thoughts while designing or selecting packaging for a product, the target market is the USA.

FDCP to meet AFS school reps on April 5

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The Film Development Council of the Philippines will reconvene with representatives of Academic Film Society member schools this week “to discuss the current trends and happenings concerning film education in the country.”

FDCP Project Development Officer Korina Dela Cruz shared that the AFS, a nationwide association of schools, colleges, and universities involved in film education, “has grown over the past few months since its launch last March 2023.” The agency’s Education Division has invited registered members to meet to further “promote the incorporation of film in institutional academic activities as well as training for teachers on how to use film in the classroom and in 21st century learning.”

Also expected to attend the meeting are FDCP Officer-in-Charge Rica Arevalo, Technical Consultant Jose Javier Reyes, Education Consultant Seymour Sanchez, and more than 30 program chairs, film professors, and reps of accredited academic institutions offering film, communication, visual arts, and other related courses, as well as teachers from senior high schools with arts-related programs.

The discussion aims to tackle “the different needs of the schools, including suggestions on how FDCP may serve their respective institutions” and “the proposal of a first-ever Film Education Convention to be held in September 2024,” among other related matters.

Among the registered AFS members from Metro Manila are Adamson University, Asia Pacific Film Institute, CIIT College of Arts and Technology, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, DLSU Manila, Eugenio Lopez Jr. Center for Media Arts Senior High School, FEU Alabang, FEU Manila, iACADEMY, La Consolacion College Manila, LPU Manila, Manila Tytana Colleges, Manuel A. Roxas High School, Mapúa University, Meridian International Business and Arts Inc. (MINT), Miriam College, Olivarez College, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, San Beda College Alabang, St. Scholastica’s College, STI Ortigas, Treston International College, Universidad de Manila, University of Makati, University of the East Caloocan, UP Diliman, and UP Manila.

AFS members outside Metro Manila include Alaminos City National High School, Benilde Antipolo, Bicol University College of Arts and Letters, Biliran Province State University, Bulacan State University, DLSU-Dasmariñas, Francisco E. Barzaga Integrated High School, Laguna University, LPU Cavite, National University – Laguna, St. Dominic College of Asia, Partido State University (Camarines Sur), STI College Balagtas, The Manila Times College of Subic, UP Baguio, UP Mindanao, UP Visayas, University of San Agustin, University of San Carlos, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, and West Visayas State University.

AFS-registered schools have access to the FDCP’s Student Film Assistance Program (SFAP) and Film School workshops and specialized training programs, references, artifacts, and films available under its media library, mentors and resource persons for film education component, film exhibition platforms including Cinematheque Centres nationwide and JuanFlix: The FDCP Channel, FDCP ratings and permits, school event promotions, and other benefits.

Through the AFS, the FDCP also encourages educational institutions and student organizations in the country “to mount their own student film festival to provide an avenue for student filmmakers to showcase their works and motivate them to produce more original projects.” The national agency has “existing programs for festival development which the members can apply to and utilize.”

PUMA launches new Suede XL in the Philippines

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PUMA super-sizes street style with the new Suede XL, a bold take on a timeless shoe from the German footwear giant.

From the Olympic podium to the dancefloor, the Suede has seen it all. Named for its signature material, the silhouette is best known for the rise of graffiti writers and B-boy crews who developed a love for the silhouette. But this latest chapter in the Suede’s history is a pretty big deal.

Following the ‘bigger is better’ mindset, the new Suede XL takes the Classic and blows it out of proportion with plush padding on the tongue and Formstrip, plus extra-thick laces. This fresh new look for the iconic shoe is all pumped up for the chunky sneaker wave taking over streetwear.

The PUMA Suede XL is available in classic colorways such as red, blue, and black, so you can find the perfect pair to match your fit.

Get ready to take your sneaker game to new heights with the PUMA Suede XL, which can be yours for the price of PHP5,900. Visit our online and physical PUMA stores nationwide to step into streetwear greatness today.

PUMA is one of the world’s leading sports brands, designing, developing, selling and marketing footwear, apparel and accessories. For 75 years, PUMA has relentlessly pushed sport and culture forward by creating fast products for the world’s fastest athletes. PUMA offers performance and sport-inspired lifestyle products in categories such as Football, Running and Training, Basketball, Golf, and Motorsports. It collaborates with renowned designers and brands to bring sport influences into street culture and fashion. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf and stichd. The company distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs about 20,000 people worldwide, and is headquartered in Herzogenaurach/Germany.

8th Indie Siyensya to champion interconnectedness of science and culture, calls for short film submission

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Fresh from its successful seventh run, the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute’s (DOST-SEI) Indie-Siyensya calls for entries for a new season, bannering the theme “Science and Filipino Culture: Siyensya sa Kultura, Kultura sa Siyensya.”

This year, Indie-Siyensya hopes to captivate students and young filmmakers to explore the relationship and influence between science and the rich tapestry of Filipino culture and tradition.

The theme encourages participants to look beyond the surface of Filipino traditions and see the scientific concepts that may underlie them. Such are the case in seeing the cultural significance of constellations used by ancient Filipinos in navigation and planting, to the science behind the vibrant burst of flavors found in the Filipino palate, or how the widespread use of traditional herbal medicine such as Lagundi, which has been passed on from one generation to another, instigated scientific research to prove its effectiveness and health benefits.

The country’s pioneering science filmmaking competition, in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), continues its shared commitment to promote a strong culture of science among the youth through audio-visual mediums such as films.

Interested applicants may join as individuals or as a group. The competition is open to Filipino citizens 13-18 years old for the Youth Category and at least 19 years old on the last day of film submission for those who will join the Open Category.

Films under the youth category shall focus on locating science in Filipino culture. It shall highlight the scientific basis and validity (evidence-based) of indigenous practices and traditions.

Meanwhile, films under the open category shall focus on locating Filipino culture in how Filipinos understand, communicate, and appropriate S&T into their daily lives. It shall also highlight the integration of Filipino culture in science and technology interventions particularly in promoting human well-being, wealth creation, wealth protection, and sustainability.

Documentary film entries must have a total running time of not more than five minutes. The deadline for submission of entries is on August 31, 2024.

“We are excited to see science come to life in our Filipino tradition and culture, and we hope that you become part of the tradition passed down to us through generations through the lens of science.” Dr. Josette T. Biyo, Director of DOST-SEI expressed her excitement in her speech.

The Board of Judges, composed of renowned scientists and filmmakers, shall select the top five (5) finalists from each category. Selected films will participate in the Film Festival which will happen at various Cinematheque Centres nationwide and will be showcased through its online channel, JuanFlix: The FDCP Channel.

Winners will take home a P200,000 cash prize for the Best Film, P150,000 for the Second Best Film, and P100,000 for the Third Best Film.

For the full mechanics, you may visit: Submit your entries at or email for more details.

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