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Saturday, April 20, 2024

Scoops of Goodness for Every Juan


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Japanese brand Almond Koka collaborates with Gelato Manila for a line of plant-based gelato

Summer in the Philippines screams the loudest for ice cream. As the country’s heat index continues to peak, it makes the dessert more of an irresistible necessity than an occasional treat by many Filipinos. 

However, here’s the scoop: many are skipping the goodness of ice cream to cool down either because they’re lactose-intolerant or their lifestyles just call for more nutritious and more ethical alternatives.

This is what Japanese food manufacturer Glico with its Almond Koka brand and homegrown business Gelato Manila aim to address, as both believe that finding equally delicious and healthy ice cream must be a “no-sweat” job for Filipinos. Hence, they formed a collaboration to come up with a line of plant-based gelato where indulgence meets health during the country’s hottest season.





Providing Filipinos deliciously healthy choices 

Glico’s Almond Koka is the best-selling almond milk in Japan, boasting a superior taste and top-notch nutrition from its Vitamin ​E content that is 100% of the daily requirement. Now available in the Philippines, Glico is eager to provide the freedom to enjoy delectable food and drinks made with their Almond Koka products, while not compromising the health needs of Filipinos.

Whipping up some plant-based coolness with Almond Koka is Philippines’ premium gelateria, Gelato Manila. Co-founded by world-renowned gelato maker Chef Zarah Manikan, the brand is known for its expertise in creating healthier Filipino gelatos using only natural ingredients sourced from local farmers and neighboring communities.


‘PINAS-Sarap’ with Almond Koka

The Pinoy Plant-Based Gelato by Almond Koka x Gelato Manila consists of plant-based versions of three well-loved Filipino ice cream flavors, all made with quality ingredients and Almond Koka milk products. Each flavor makes a good addition to any diet while beating the record-breaking heat.

As the Philippines is home to arguably some of the world’s best mangoes, the collaboration did not miss the opportunity to include Mangga Koka in their line of gelato. It’s made with fresh ripe mangoes churned with Almond Koka Original for a vibrant-tasting healthy treat.

On the other hand, Almond Mantikilya is a roasted almond butter gelato that has a bolder and nuttier flavor from the Almond Koka Unsweetened. It truly captivates Filipinos’ fondness for sweet indulgence with a surprising twist: it’s actually low in sugar!

Nothing puts anyone in a better mood than a scoop of good chocolate gelato. So completing the trifecta is Kokoa, which has the decadence of deep and rich chocolate from the finest cocoa and Almond Koka Chocolate. This flavor not only soothes the soul but also remains a healthy way to conquer a scorching day.

The Pinoy Plant-Based Gelato by Almond Koka x Gelato Manila will be available as a sampler set of all three flavors for only P450 from April 18, 2024 until June 2024 at www.gelatomanila.com and in selected One World Deli stores.

For more information, FOLLOW @glico_ph and @gelatomanila on Instagram and LIKE Gelato Manila on Facebook.

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Official Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PockyPhilippines

Official Instagram https://www.instagram.com/glico_ph/

Official TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@glico_pr_ph

Glico Brand Store (Shopalyst) https://shop-ph-glico.com/brandstore/glico

Glico Asia Pacific website https://www.glico.com/sg/


About Glico

On February 11, 2022, the Glico Group celebrated the 100th year of its founding. In 1922, Glico’s nutritious Glico caramel in its distinctive red box first hit the shelves of a department store. 

Headquartered in Japan, Glico has since expanded into Asia Pacific, European, and North American markets with the aspiration to stay true to its founding spirit of enhancing people’s health through food.

Led by its well-loved confectionary brands such as Pocky, Pretz, and Pejoy, Glico has now expanded its portfolio to include ice cream products, baby formula, milk products, desserts, food ingredients, and raw materials for cosmetic and health products. Its health and wellness offerings such as the SUNAO range of zero sucrose, low carbohydrate food products and Almond Koka almond milk are gaining popularity outside of Japan after becoming a hit in its domestic market.


About Almond Koka

Japan’s #1 almond milk brand is now in the Philippines! Almond Koka is produced from high-quality almonds sourced from the United States and Australia. It is rich in Vitamin E, a good source of Fiber, and is 0% cholesterol. Discover Goodness with every delicious sip of Almond Koka- available in 1L Original, Unsweetened, and Chocolate. 


For inquiries regarding distributors, please contact the Glico Philippines Consumer Hotline.

TEL: (+632) 8464-1105 / Email: consumer.hotline@glico.com.ph


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Gelato Manila is a new frozen desserts business led by chef-entrepreneur Zarah Manikan & husband Joao. It is a premium gelato brand that promotes local Philippine flavors, ingredients, and culture in its Gelato. Its primary market are gelato & premium ice- cream buyers that look for new and exciting Filipino brands that offer Vegan, Healthy (low Sugar Choices) as well as all- time classic Italian and Filipino flavors for Gelato. Gelato Manila’s most outstanding characteristic is its unique flavor profile and smooth texture.

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Official Instagram https://www.instagram.com/gelatomanila/

Website https://gelatomanila.com/

Friday, April 19, 2024

How Can New Crypto Enterprises in SVG Avoid the Most Typical Legal Pitfalls and Stay in Complete Compliance with All Local Regulations?


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New cryptocurrency businesses in SVG often unintentionally break the law by not registering properly. Other prevalent legal pitfalls include not adhering to anti-money laundering (AML) laws and not acquiring the necessary licenses. In order to stay in the clear, generally, businesses need to hire outside help, be it attorneys or consult firms that are well-versed in this nation’s crypto laws. Other pitfalls can be avoided by registering with the Financial Services Authority (FSA), putting in place strong anti-money-laundering and know-your-customer (KYC) protocols, and making sure that all the required permits are acquired. Crucial measures for preserving compliance include:

Performing internal audits;


Remaining updated about legislative changes;


Regularly revising policies and processes to align with shifting rules.
 
How Does the Absence of Cryptocurrency-Specific Regulations in SVG Affect Companies, and What Steps Should They Take to Operate Within the Legal Gray Areas?

Freshly registered companies may actually face confusion and ambiguity due to the lack of cryptocurrency-specific rules in SVG. It may be difficult to get proper licenses, comply with anti-money-laundering legislation, and understand the tax consequences. Businesses can do several things to operate in a proper fashion.

Establishing openness, strong AML/KYC processes, consulting attorneys, and keeping lines of communication open with regulatory bodies all help in avoiding any legal ambiguity. When operating in SVG's changing crypto market, it's important to remain current on best international practices, form alliances with compliant financial institutions, and manage risks.

Given The Challenges of Banking and Financial Services for Crypto Companies in Small Island Nations, What Are the Pitfalls of Not Securing Reliable Banking Partnerships In SVG?

Holders of the SVG crypto license may face the following consequences if they fail to get a trustworthy banking partnership:

Problems with consumer transactions;


Frequent interruptions to company operations;


Severely restricted access to fiat currency exchanges.

There can also be operational delays and reputational harm if businesses can't pay their workers, suppliers, or taxes. Because it could be harder for businesses to do comprehensive due diligence on client transactions when they do not have any solid banking links, AML rules might be more difficult to comply with.

What Risks Do Crypto Companies Face If They Neglect Consumer Protection Laws in SVG, Especially Concerning Digital Assets' Security and Fraud Prevention?

As a first concern, they run the danger of alienating customers and tarnishing their brand. This, in turn, reduces user adoption and discourages investment. Their bottom line will definitely suffer. Furthermore, businesses risk cyberattacks, data theft, and financial losses if they do not have sufficient security measures in place. Legal consequences, such as fines and punishments, may also emerge. Crypto firms' legitimacy and sustainability are put at risk when consumer protection regulations are neglected.

How Can Ignoring International Standards and Scrutiny Related to Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) Impact a Crypto Company Operating in SVG?

There might be serious repercussions for a crypto corporation if it chooses to disregard these rules. Damage to one's reputation, betrayal of one's customers and investors, and eventually, banishment from international financial networks are all possible outcomes. Serious penalties, including fines and jail time, can also come from failing to comply.

Why Is It Important for Crypto Companies in SVG to Consider Their Impact on The Local Economy and Community, and What Negative Consequences Could Arise from Failing to Do So?

If businesses want to promote long-term development and good relations, they must ALWAYS think about how their operations will affect the local economy and community. If this doesn't happen, resource exploitation, social unrest, and economic inequality are all possible outcomes. Distrust, pushback from authorities, and trouble forming alliances hurt both the local economy at large and the crypto sector specifically. Disregarding community involvement may also reduce the availability of resources and overall skill, which might slow adoption.

What Are the Consequences of Misunderstanding or Mismanaging Tax Obligations for Crypto Companies In SVG, Considering the Unique Tax Laws Applicable to Digital Assets?

The tax authorities may take legal action, fines, or penalties against anyone who does not comply with the regulations pertaining to digital assets. A company's credibility and the trust of its investors might take a hit if its tax returns are inaccurate. Future fundraising endeavors and collaborations might be impacted by mishandling tax responsibilities. This could lead to questions about regulatory compliance at large. To stay out of trouble with the law, cryptocurrency businesses need to be well-versed in and pay all applicable taxes. This includes income tax, capital gains tax, and any other taxes that apply to digital asset transactions in SVG.

With Global Concerns Over Data Privacy and Security, What Are the Risks to Crypto Companies in SVG If They Fail to Implement Robust Data Protection Measures?

Significant hazards may be averted by implementing comprehensive data security mechanisms. Understand this: data breaches, which may result in the loss of sensitive information including private keys, transaction details, and client data, become an actual possibility without proper protections. This puts the firm at risk of regulatory penalties and legal responsibilities under data privacy rules. All in addition to damaging its brand and endangering user confidence. Furthermore, the firm and its customers might suffer financial losses if data integrity is compromised. This can seriously endanger the actual security of crypto assets.

Given The Increasing Attention on The Environmental Impact of Cryptocurrency Mining, What Should Companies Consider to Avoid Negative Environmental Consequences in SVG?

Companies should focus on energy efficiency and sustainability first and foremost. One example is powering mining operations using renewable energy like solar or wind.

Efficient cooling systems and well-configured gear may further cut down on power use. A dedication to sustainability may also be shown by investing in environmental conservation efforts and working with local communities to resolve difficulties. In short, it is necessary to adhere to regulatory norms and participate in industry-led initiatives to establish eco-friendly mining processes.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Common Myths About Clean Energy Transition in the Philippines: Debunked!




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This Monday 22 April is Earth Day, and in the Philippines the transition away from coal and towards renewable energy is not just an environmental imperative but a critical move for public health and economic prosperity.

Coal, a predominant source of energy in the country, is not only one of the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions but also an important source of air pollution.

"Air pollution poses severe health risks, from respiratory ailments to heart diseases, affecting millions of Filipinos. As the Philippines endeavors to secure a sustainable future, reducing dependence on coal becomes crucial.

This Earth Day and beyond, it is vital that we debunk prevailing myths about clean energy transition, emphasizing the tangible benefits of renewable energy for the people of the Philippines."

- Glynda Bathan-Baterina, Deputy Executive Director, Clean Air Asia



Myth 1: "Energy Transition is too expensive for the Philippines"

Reality: The perception that renewable energy is prohibitively expensive is outdated. Significant global investments in renewables have led to dramatic cost reductions. Specifically, the integration of renewable energy since the turn of the century has cut electricity sector fuel costs worldwide by a staggering $520 billion, demonstrating that clean energy is increasingly economically viable [1]. With solar contributing 1.7% of the Philippines' power generation in the first half of 2022, the country avoided around PHP 4.5 billion in fossil fuel costs [2]. While there may be initial costs involved in transitioning to renewables, the Philippines can then leverage its abundant solar, wind, and geothermal resources to promise substantial long-term savings and energy price stability.

The price of electricity from solar is around PHP4 per kilowatt hour compared to PHP9 per kWh from coal [3]. This month, Meralco paid PHP17 per kWh for coal power [4]. In the coming years, it is expected that costs of solar and other renewables will decline with technology improvements, greater economies of scale and reduced financing costs for wind and solar power plants [5].

It is important also to always consider the health impacts. Children are particularly vulnerable to the health impacts of air pollution from coal-fired plants because of their still developing brains and bodies. Infants born within 20km of more than one coal-fired power plant had significantly greater chances of a low birth weight and very preterm delivery [6]. This damage to the health of future generations is too high of a price to pay.




Myth 2: "Renewables can't provide stable energy in the Philippines due to weather dependence"

Reality: Advances in renewable energy technologies and grid management have greatly enhanced the reliability of renewables, even in the face of variable weather conditions. Energy storage solutions and diversified renewable sources, such as solar and wind, complemented by geothermal energy, which is less weather-dependent, ensure a stable and reliable energy supply [7]. This effectively counters the myth of renewables' unreliability due to weather dependency, making them a dependable energy source for the Philippines. Comprised of over 7,000 islands, distributed renewable energy systems are particularly suited to the Philippines as these systems do not require the transport of fuel to islands. These systems also reduce the need for extra-long transmission lines vulnerable to extreme weather events, and battery technology can provide a quick backup of power during disasters [8].




Myth 3: "Renewable Energy cannot meet the Philippines' growing energy demand"

Reality: Despite concerns, renewable energy is increasingly capable of meeting the Philippines' energy demand [9]. The country's current reliance on coal has not prevented energy shortages and brownouts, including the recent energy supply issues such as in Iloilo, demonstrating coal's inability to meet demand reliably. These issues underscore the limitations of traditional energy sources and highlight the urgency for transitioning to renewables. With its rich resources in solar, wind, and geothermal energy (in fact, the Philippines has the third largest geothermal capacity in the world) [10], the Philippines is well-equipped to address these challenges, ensuring a stable, sustainable energy future beyond the constraints of coal dependency. By diversifying its energy mix and investing in renewable energy infrastructure, the country can mitigate the risks associated with over-reliance on fossil fuels while ensuring a stable and secure energy future.




Myth 4: "Transitioning to clean energy will hurt the Philippine economy"

Reality: The economic benefits of transitioning to clean energy are manifold. The downward trend in renewable energy costs makes it a competitive alternative to fossil fuels, promising job creation in the renewable sector and aligning with global efforts to reduce carbon emissions [11]. Moreover, the health benefits of reduced air pollution, such as fewer days lost to illness and lower healthcare costs, further underscore the economic gains from investing in clean energy sources.

This transition supports the Philippines' economic growth and sustainable development. Every dollar invested in the clean energy transition provides 3-8 times the return [12]. Renewable energy adoption can also create many jobs (the renewable energy sector has employed 12.7 million people around the world as of 2021) [13].

Coal-fired plants also pose a danger to children’s neurodevelopment. In a study of children aged 6-14 years old from communities located within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of two coal-burning power plants, forty-three (43%) percent of children had fly ash in their homes. The children with fly ash in their homes scored on average 2.63 points lower on the school competency scale than their peers without ash in their homes.




Myth 5: "An energy transition cannot be 'Just' for all Filipinos"


Reality: There's a prevailing belief that the shift from coal to renewable energy could disproportionately benefit urban and wealthier populations, leaving behind rural and poorer communities. However, a just transition strategy, carefully planned and implemented, ensures that the move to clean energy is inclusive and equitable. By involving community stakeholders in the planning process and investing in skills training and education, the transition can provide new economic opportunities in renewable energy sectors across the country. Additionally, decentralized renewable energy projects can bring reliable and affordable power to remote areas, improving access to energy for all Filipinos.

By equipping people with the necessary knowledge and skills, the transition to clean energy can create new economic opportunities and promote social mobility, particularly for those traditionally marginalized in the energy sector. A just energy transition is not only achievable but imperative for the Philippines. By embracing principles of inclusivity, equity, and community participation, the transition to clean energy can pave the way for a more sustainable, prosperous, and equitable future for all Filipinos.




Conclusion

Embracing renewable energy in the Philippines presents a path toward sustainable development, economic growth, and improved public health. By addressing and debunking myths about clean energy wherever they occur, we can encourage a deeper understanding and acceptance of the benefits of clean energy, advocating for informed policy decisions to break the country’s reliance on coal and improve the health of all Filipinos.


About Clean Air Asia

Clean Air Asia is an international non-governmental organization leading the regional mission for better air quality, and healthier, more livable cities throughout Asia. Its mission is to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in Asia and contribute to the development of a more sustainable, equitable and healthier region.

www.cleanairasia.org




















Dermorepubliq Revealed as Mysterious 'D' Behind Viral Billboard that raked 30 million views online


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Dermorepubliq, TikTok Shop Philippines' top skincare brand, has stepped forward as the mastermind behind the viral billboard along C5 Southbound in Libis, Quezon City, which has sparked intrigue from an estimated 30 million social media users with its heartfelt plea to salvage relationships.

The billboard, featuring the message "Wag na tayo mag-break, please" (Let's not break up, please) and signed with the initial "D," initially sparked speculation among netizens. Celebrity actors like Daniel Padilla and Dominic Roque were swiftly linked to the campaign, given their recent public breakups, fueling further speculation about the identity of "D."

The original video that went viral was posted by social media influencer Gifer Fernandez, garnering nearly 20 million views and thousands of reactions, comments, and shares on Facebook alone.

Dermorepubliq's revelation sheds light on the creative campaign behind the emotional appeal. The message was crafted as part of the launch campaign for Dermorepubliq's latest skincare innovation, the 5% Niacinamide + Hyaluronic Acid serum, which joins the local skincare brand’s meticulously curated range of 28 products.

The newly replaced billboard, situated in the same location, now bears the message, “Sabi ni D, breakout no more sa tulong ni Dermorepubliq with regular use of 5% Niacinamide." (D says, no more breakout with the help of Dermorepubliq with regular use of 5% Niacinamide.)

This breakthrough serum aims to innovate skincare routines by addressing common concerns such as breakouts, blemishes, pore refinement, hydration, and oil regulation. Positioned as an essential addition to any skincare regimen, the serum offers gentle yet effective solutions for individuals seeking radiant and flawless skin.

Keith Sta. Barbara, President and Founder of Dermorepubliq, said, "The unveiling of Dermorepubliq as the force behind the viral billboard narrative underscores our commitment to creativity and innovation in the skincare industry." He emphasized the brand's dedication to providing science-based products that cater to the diverse needs of consumers.

Sta. Barbara added, "Our mission at Dermorepubliq is to empower individuals to feel confident and comfortable in their own skin. We believe that skincare should be accessible to all and that our products offer effective solutions for a wide range of skin concerns."

As speculation continues to swirl, Dermorepubliq invites the public to uncover the story behind the billboard's emotive plea and explore its range of innovative skincare products.


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About Dermorepubliq


Dermorepubliq is a local skincare brand founded in 2020 by Keith Corwin. Specializing in science-based formulations that prioritize quality and results, Dermorepubliq offers a range of 28 meticulously crafted products. Designed for men and women aged 18-35, the brand combines affordability and efficacy, empowering young adults to embrace their skin's natural beauty. With a strong presence on platforms like Shopee, Lazada, TikTok, and physical stores at SM Masinag, SM Tanza, Dermorepubliq has become a leading name in the Philippine skincare industry.


You can find Dermorepubliq’s newest stores at the following locations:

SM Fairview: Lower Ground Level, Parkway

Riverbanks Center: KF-08, Palm Lane


You may also visit their online platforms through the following links:

https://dermorepubliq.com/

https://shopee.ph/dermorepubliq

https://www.lazada.com.ph/dermorepubliq

https://www.tiktok.com/@dermorepubliq







Ayana Resort is the Perfect Family Getaway


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With a collection of four resorts, a private beach, 27 dining concepts, 14 swimming pools, one of Bali’s best spas, AYANA Farm, SAKA Museum dedicated to the Balinese day of silence, three gyms, an 18-hole golf putting course, two tennis courts, a jogging track, two fitness centers and two Kids Clubs, the Resort truly offers the ultimate vacation for the young and young-at-heart

Enjoy resort credits up to IDR300,000 and 30 per cent off room with breakfasts at AYANA Resort, AYANA Segara, AYANA Villas Bali or RIMBA by AYANA for two adults and two children

A legacy destination on the Island of the Gods, AYANA Resort, has evolved over the decades into a truly immersive sanctuary that caters to all travellers’ aspirations. Following recent enhancements, the massive Resort boldly presents The Perfect Family Getaway to take full advantage of upcoming school holidays across Asia. Beyond hospitality excellence at four award-winning resorts, guests will enjoy the best of Balinese culture, cuisine and lifestyle without leaving the Resort.

A strong advocate of local heritage and traditions, AYANA Resort offers unique experiences that would enrich the body, mind and soul:

AYANA Farm is a two-hectare educational center for guests to discover the natural beauty of their surroundings and learn about farming techniques passed through generations of Indonesian farmers. Each section is designed to work in harmony with one another to create a balanced and sustainable ecosystem. Waste materials from the Resort’s kitchens, stables and verdant grounds are repurposed to create high-quality compost. AYANA Farm uses climate-smart methods and will shift to 100 per cent solar energy by 2025.

In late 2023, AYANA Bali became the island’s best destination to learn about Nyepi, Ogoh-ogoh, and all forms of traditional and contemporary Balinese culture with the opening of SAKA Museum. An important cultural hub for celebrating the local community’s creative, spiritual and philosophical expressions, SAKA Museum offers insightful museum tours with a focus on Nyepi, the Balinese Day of Silence.

For a fulfilling holiday, complement the educational experiences with delicious culinary indulgence, wellness treats and fitness activities without stepping out of AYANA Resort. From now until 20 December 2024, AYANA Resort offers:

Up to 30% discount on room with breakfast rate for all properties within AYANA Resort
Resort credit IDR 300,000 for AYANA Resort, AYANA Segara, The Villas at AYANA and IDR200,000 for RIMBA Jimbaran

Daily breakfast for two adults and two children under nine years old

One time Pizza and Glass of beer at AYANA or RIMBA pools for two persons

One time three-course set Lunch or Dinner for two adults and two children at selected restaurant (Minimum stay of four nights stay)

10% Spa discount on in-room treatments and Spa on the Rocks treatments

10% Discount on food and beverages including Rock Bar, BALI

Complimentary 1 hour Thalassotherapy pool experience for two people per room (minimum stay of two nights)



Additional complimentary usage of facilities at AYANA Resort:Priority access to award-winning Rock Bar, BALI

Access to Bali’s most beautiful and secluded white sand beach, Kubu Beach Club

Access to 14 swimming pools in AYANA and RIMBA

Wi-Fi internet access throughout the AYANA Resort

Access to 18-hole Golf Putting course and tennis court

A jogging trail that stretches throughout the Resort

Use of 24 hours Gym in AYANA and RIMBA
Access to Kids Club in AYANA and RIMBA



Terms and conditions:

Package is valid until 20 December 2024

Minimum stay of three nights is required

Rates are subject to 21% government tax and service charges

Valid for direct bookings through www.ayana.com

Credit card and deposit required upon arrival to complete the check-in process

All reservations are subject to room availability

F&B discount is applicable for a la carte menu at all restaurants

This offer cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts

For reservations, please visit The Perfect Family Getaway.



About AYANA Resort

Just 12 km from Bali’s international airport, AYANA Resort enjoys a majestic 1.3 km stretch of cliff-front coastline above Jimbaran Bay. The 90-hectare resort is home to four award-winning hotels:

AYANA Resort Bali, whose 294 rooms and suites blend classic elegance with traditional Balinese aesthetics, with each featuring marble bathrooms, furnished balconies, and interconnecting doors

AYANA Segara Bali, whose 197 rooms and suites bring a contemporary indoor-outdoor twist to the legendary Balinese-inspired AYANA experience

AYANA Villas Bali, whose 78 luxurious villas feature private plunge pools and spectacular ocean backdrops

RIMBA by AYANA Bali, a 403-room family-friendly resort

AYANA Resort is also home to AYANA Residences, Bali’s first purely residential community integrated within a 5-star resort, and the award-winning AYANA Spa, featuring 53 treatments rooms including one of the world’s largest hydrotherapy seawater pools, and set on a cliff above the Indian Ocean, Spa on the Rocks. AYANA Resort offers 15 wedding venues; 14 freshwater swimming pools including a children’s pool and the saltwater infinity Ocean Beach Pool at the cliff’s base; a secluded beach; 27 dining venues; 15 meeting and event venues; a business center, an 18-hole golf putting course; 2 tennis courts; a jogging track; 2 fitness centers; and 2 kids’ clubs.



About AYANA Hospitality

Established in 2009, AYANA Hospitality comprises a portfolio of ten luxury hotels and residences: AYANA Villas Bali, AYANA Segara Bali, AYANA Resort Bali, RIMBA by AYANA Bali, and AYANA Residences within the 90-hectare resort destination AYANA Bali; AYANA Midplaza Jakarta and The Plaza Residences in Jakarta; AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach in Labuan Bajo; and Delonix Hotel Karawang and Delonix Residences in Karawang. AYANA Hospitality is renowned for its genuinely caring and truly attentive service inspired by authentic Balinese hospitality. As AYANA means “a place of refuge” in Sanskrit, each AYANA Hospitality property embodies peace, harmony and happiness.

Covenant of Hope: The Augustinian Recollects and UN Laureate’s United Quest for Net Zero


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Beneath the sheltering skies of Pililla, Rizal, within the hallowed walls of Nuestra Señora de la Salud Friary, a partnership of historic significance was born. It is here, along the winding San Antonio Feeder Road in Brgy. Quisao, that the Order of Augustinian Recollects (OAR) headed by Rev. Fr. Ronel Gealon, OAR (local prior), together with Rev. Fr. Randolf Castillo, OAR – La Salud Laudato Si Farm Director, Fr. Albert Pellazar, OAR-Local Procurator, and the UN Laureate Sci. Dpl. Glenn Banaguas, have joined forces in a profound commitment to our planet’s future.

This sacred space, steeped in spiritual heritage, has become the cradle of a movement that intertwines the threads of resiliency and sustainability into a vibrant tapestry of ecological action. The friary, a beacon of tranquility and contemplation, now also stands as a symbol of dynamic change and hope.

The union of the Augustinian Recollects and the world-renowned scientist at this friary marks a pivotal moment in the journey towards net zero emissions. It is a collaboration that transcends mere dialogue, evolving into tangible initiatives that echo the core values of Laudato Si—care for creation, respect for life, and the pursuit of harmony with nature.

The encyclical Laudato Si is not merely a document; it is a clarion call for environmental conversion, a blueprint for a sustainable lifestyle that honors the Creator by preserving His creation. The Augustinian Recollects, with their profound spiritual heritage, have embraced this call wholeheartedly. They understand that achieving net zero emissions is not just a technical target but a moral imperative, a testament to the respect and love we owe to our planet and to each other.

Rev. Fr. Randy Castillo, OAR mentioned: “Joining hands with Science Diplomat Glenn Banaguas marks the beginning of a profound alliance, one that transcends the mere act of partnership. It is the cultivation of a legacy that will echo through the annals of time—a legacy of ecological harmony and unwavering social justice. Together, we are planting seeds of transformative change, seeds that are destined to sprout into a robust garden of resiliency and sustainability. This garden will flourish across communities, across nations, providing sustenance and shelter for all beings.”

The other priest who also initiated the advocacy, Fr. Albert Pellazar, OAR also said: “Through our collaboration, we are witnessing the dawn of a transformative era. His partnership is not just a meeting of minds, but a fusion of visions that elevates our mission to new heights. Together, we are pioneering a path that leads to a resilient future, marked by the flourishing of ecosystems, the empowerment of communities, and the realization of a sustainable world. This alliance is a beacon of progress, guiding us towards a horizon where hope and action coalesce into tangible, life-affirming change.”

The partnership is a beacon of hope. It is a union that transcends boundaries, uniting diverse voices in a chorus that sings of possibility and promise. Together, they are pioneering initiatives that cut across sectors, from renewable energy projects that light up homes without harming the atmosphere, to educational programs that sow the seeds of ecological consciousness in young minds.

Imagine a world where every monastery, every church, every place of worship becomes a sanctuary for sustainability. Solar panels gleam on rooftops like modern-day mosaics, gardens bloom with native flora, and the faithful gather not just to pray, but to plan – plan for a future where the air is clean, the water pure, and the land fertile.

The journey to net zero is a pilgrimage of sorts, a path that leads us back to our roots as caretakers of the Earth. It is a path fraught with challenges, but also lined with opportunities for growth, learning, and unity. The Augustinian Recollects and the multi-awarded scientist are walking this path with determination and faith, inviting all who share this planet to take the step with them.

Sci. Dpl. Glenn Banaguas uttered: “Within the sacred silence of prayer and the hallowed halls of worship, lies the profound power of religion to shape our world. It is here, in the quiet moments of reflection, that we find the strength to confront the tempest of climate change. Religion offers us not just solace, but a call to action—a call that resonates with the very core of our being, urging us to forge a future where peace is woven into the fabric of society, resilience is as natural as breath, and sustainability is the creed by which we live. As we stand united in faith, let us also stand vigilant in stewardship, transforming our collective prayers into palpable actions that cradle our planet in a nurturing embrace. Together, we can turn the tide, championing a world where harmony with nature is the ultimate testament to our devotion and love.”

“Let us unite for our common home. Let us embrace the wisdom of Laudato Si and the urgency of the climate crisis. Let us walk together on this collaborative path to net zero, and let us make this journey a testament to what humanity can achieve when we come together for the greater good,” the scientist added.

The Augustinian Recollects, a Roman Catholic religious order, have a significant presence in the Philippines, where they focus on living a fraternal life in community and following Christ with devotion. Their mission in the Philippines began with the Spanish colonization and has since been marked by evangelization efforts, particularly in remote areas. They are known for their missionary zeal and have established various institutions, including schools and churches, to serve the spiritual and educational needs of the Filipino people.

Science Diplomat Glenn Banaguas is a lauded scientist whose work in sustainability and resilience has garnered international acclaim. He is the recipient of prestigious global awards, recognizing his innovative approaches to climate change mitigation, adaptation and disaster risk management. His leadership in environmental research and policy advocacy has significantly contributed to building resilient communities and promoting sustainable development practices globally. Through his initiatives, Banaguas continues to inspire action towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

The Mongol Khan to Make Asia Premiere in Singapore


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CENTRAL ASIA, 3000 YEARS AGO.
AN EPIC THEATRICAL DRAMA UNFOLDS THIS OCTOBER.


Based on different historical events that took place in Central Asia 3000 years ago, the epic Mongolian theatrical production, The Mongol Khan, will make its Asia Premiere in Singapore at Sands Theatre from 17 October 2024. Following a sell-out season at The London Coliseum in 2023, this is the first time a Mongolian theatrical production will take stage in Singapore.


Tickets are now on sale via Marina Bay Sands Ticketing, SISTIC and KLOOK. UOB debit and credit cardholders enjoy a 15% discount off tickets across all categories and performances.


Showcasing a large-scale production with lavish sets and costumes, The Mongol Khan will be performed by an ensemble of over 70 actors, dancers and musicians. Inspired by the evolution of the Mongolian culture, it presents a gripping tale of a brutal succession that threatens the essence of an Empire. The Mongol Khan has all the ingredients of a classic tragedy: jealousy, mistaken identity, adultery, rivalry, sacrifice, succession, and a power struggle. With the stability of an empire at stake, the story culminates in an epic battle for the future of the Hunnic Empire.


The Mongol Khan is a theatrical spectacle with a multi-sensory feast that is brought to life through a haunting original score, dramatic storytelling, dance and puppetry - experiences audiences have never seen before.


Presented by Asia Pacific’s leading live entertainment company, Base Entertainment Asia, Chief Executive Officer, Chantal Prudhomme said, “We are thrilled to bring the splendour and cultural richness of Mongolia through The Mongol Khan to our audience in Singapore and beyond in Asia. We strive to present world-class productions that resonate with diverse audiences. The Mongol Khan is a powerful story with a unique blend of entertainment and historical insight, and we are confident that it will not only captivate and inspire audiences in Singapore, but also further strengthen cultural connections between the nations”.


The production of The Mongol Khan is a collaboration between an international team of world-renowned artists and creatives including Tony-nominated playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker (Our Country’s Good, Three Birds Alighting On A Field), Olivier and Tony Award-winning Nick Barnes (Life of Pi, The Lorax), and the prolific historian and travel writer John Man, an expert in Mongolian history and culture.


Originally written in 1998 by renowned Mongolian writer and poet Lkhagvasuren Bavuu and revived in April 2022 at the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Drama, The Mongol Khan draws inspiration from various historical events, archaeological findings, traditional nomadic dances, and the music of the ancient Hun culture of Central Asia from the period of the Hunnic Empire. Produced by Bayra Bela (Amazon’s The Power, Netflix’s Marco Polo) and directed by venerated Mongolian director Hero Baatar, this production promises to be a memorable event.


Ticketing Information

Performance Season

From 17 October 2024


Performance Venue

Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands


Performance Schedule (Singapore Time)

Tuesdays to Fridays; 8.00pm

Saturdays; 2.00pm and 8.00pm

Sundays; 1.00pm and 6.30pm


Performance Duration

2 hours 40 minutes including intermission


Performance Ticket Booking Links

Marina Bay Sands: https://www.marinabaysands.com/entertainment/shows/the-mongol-khan.html

SISTIC: https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/mongolkhan1124

KLOOK: https://www.klook.com/en-SG/activity/114570-the-mongol-khan-at-sands-theatre-singapore/




TVC: https://youtu.be/axBAKN8BXuY?si=3FAjEvk7gpcRKvDm

Website: www.themongolkhan.com

Instagram: @baseasia

Facebook: facebook.com/BaseAsia
Hashtag: #TheMongolKhanSG


ABOUT BASE ENTERTAINMENT ASIA

Base Entertainment Asia is part of the Tremendous Entertainment group and is the leading presenter of live entertainment across Asia Pacific with its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur and regional office in Singapore. It is also the resident developer, producer, programmer and manager of the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Tremendous Entertainment is one of Asia’s leading entertainment group presenting global and iconic brands throughout the region and beyond. The company is led by entertainment industry veteran, Group Chief Executive Officer Chantal Prudhomme.


The company has presented over 300 of the world’s most recognised shows of varied genres – musicals; HAMILTON, Disney’s Frozen, Disney’s Aladdin, Disney’s The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera (Singapore and Malaysia), & Juliet, Wicked, Matilda The Musical, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Cats the Musical, Chicago, MAMMA MIA!, West Side Story, Annie, Evita, Kinky Boots, Jersey Boys, The Lee Kuan Yew Musical, THE SECRET (based on Jay Chou’s movie, Secret), stage magic; The Illusionists I and II, Cosentino : Decennium - The Greatest Live Magic Show, Cosentino: Anything Is Possible, circuses; Le Noir, Cirque Adrenaline, Cirque Eloize, Circus 1903, live concerts; James Blunt, Pentatonix, Michael Bolton, Bjorn Again, Cliff Richard, AR Rahman, Air Supply, Elvis Costello, The Village People and Bjorn Again, The Simon & Garfunkel Story, Bee Gees Gold, Kit Chan, Kenny G, Love, MICappella, Grains of Glory - The Best of Musicals, Reignite – Kit Chan ‘Live’ in Concert, ChristmasTime with Dick Lee, You Must Believe in Spring – Joanna Dong Lunar New Year Concert, RE:BIRTH - Alfred Sim and Tay Kewei 'Live' in Concert, Queen: It’s A Kinda Magic, Majulah Live x It’s A Rap, Hotel California The Eagles Experience, The Bee Gees Night Fever, The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston, The Simon & Garfunkel Story, Dancing Queen: A Tribute to ABBA, MR BIG. : The BIG Finish, Little Things - Kit Chan 30th Anniversary Concert, Little Things - Kit Chan 30th Anniversary Concert, classical concerts; The Music of John Williams, The Music of Hans Zimmer VS John Williams, 007 In Concert, John Williams 90 Concert Gala, ballets; Superstars of Ballet Gala, Teatro di San Carlo’s Giselle, dance; Ballet Revolucion, Kabuki (Ebizo, Takizawa), cabaret; Forever Crazy: Crazy Horse Paris, comedy; Kumar Guilty, Kumar Locks Down, Kumar Unmasked, Laugh You Long Time, children; Disney Live, Disney in Concert, Carnival of the Animals, Hi-5, The Wiggles, Balloonacy, Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show, under the big top; Cirque du Soleil – Totem, Cavalia, corporate speaking engagements; Cesar Milan, Steve Backshall, corporate events/exhibitions; Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition Singapore 2019, Bvlgari Magnifica, Immersive Disney Animation.


Base Entertainment Asia pursues a 360-degree approach in its consideration of entertainment property production and development – creative value, audience appeal, differentiation of product, assessment of market competition, anticipated show performance, commercial viability and investment yield. The company regularly consults on entertainment properties and productions across the globe and has capabilities of managing entertainment venues worldwide.


For more information, please visit: baseentertainment.com.sg


Last call for partners at Mindanao's biggest technology and developer conference by DEVCON


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With the theme of "Weaving Tech for All," DEVCON Mindanao Summit 2024 sets to be the region's premier gathering of technology professionals, developers, and tech enthusiasts. The event will take place on June 29-30 at Davao City.

To finalize preparations, the DEVCON team recently toured key Mindanao cities from March 1 to 11, 2024, engaging local tech leaders and ecosystem enablers, and local government units. This summit will feature presentations and panels led by Mindanao's best in technology and innovation. The summit will feature Mindanao's best tech experts and case studies on the top industries such as healthcare, retail, agriculture, construction, and more.
Key meetings and support
The DEVCON team received enthusiastic support across Mindanao both from academe, government, and industry to promote an open approach to inclusive innovation. Highlights include:




Iligan: Courtesy visit with Mayor Frederick “Freddie” Siao and discussions with iDEYA: Center for Innovation and Technopreneurship, Iligan Medical Center College, and local government officials


Davao: A gathering with representatives from Ingenuity, Mugna Tech, CODEV, Davao DEFI, Davao Interschool Computer Enthusiasts, UPMin SPARCS, and discussions with government officers


Bukidnon: Meetings with aspiring DEVCON Chapter leaders and discussions with Central Mindanao University


Cagayan de Oro: Partnership agreements with Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Region 10 and a community dinner to connect with local tech leaders

Join industry leaders and secure your spot
Don't miss out! Tech leaders like Accenture, CoDev, Talino Venture Studios, Internet Computer Protocol Hub, Ingenuity, Ever Accountable, IONA, Nuxify, and more are already supporting the event as sponsors. Limited partnership and sponsorship slots are available for DEVCON Mindanao Summit 2024.



Interested brands who want to sponsor or organizations who want to partner can email peng@devcon.ph for more information.



About DEVCON Mindanao Summit 2024

The DEVCON Mindanao Summit 2024 is the first and biggest developer conference in Mindanao. It aims to promote technology innovation, foster collaboration, and showcase the region's thriving tech scene. For more information, visit summit.devcon.ph and facebook.com/DEVCONMindanaoSummit2024.



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DEVCON Philippines is a non-profit organization that has been empowering geeks for good for over 14 years. DEVCON is the Philippines' largest community and tech non-profit organization of technology experts, developers, and information technology enthusiasts. Visit devcon.ph to learn more.


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Oceania Cruises Announces New 2025-2026 Tropics and Exotics Collection

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Explore new horizons and set sail beyond the ordinary on more than 130 immersive itineraries spanning Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, South America and the South Pacific






Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line, has revealed its 2025-2026 Tropics and Exotics Collection, which is available for preview online at OceaniaCruises.com and opens for sale on 18 April, 2024.

The new collection includes a total of 135 captivating itineraries, visiting five continents on voyages ranging from seven to 180 days, including Vista’s debut Around The World Voyage. Spanning 329 ports, the new itineraries offer a unique opportunity for curious guests to delve deeper into some of the most enticing and exotic corners of the globe.

“Our new Tropics and Exotics Collection is one of our most exciting yet, featuring a heady mix of iconic cities, remote islands and hidden gems to discover for the very first time,” commented Frank A Del Rio, President of Oceania Cruises. “With various voyages allowing guests to explore a region for weeks or months at a time, and several new overnight port stays, the collection offers a wealth of opportunities for our guests to explore further than ever before, savoring the many flavors of the world and enjoying uniquely curated experiences ashore in these exotic and tropical regions.”

More than 90 sailings feature overnight stays allowing guests the chance to immerse themselves in ports of call as diverse as Panama City, Bali and Melbourne, plus new overnight destinations including Willemstad, Curacao; San Juan, Puerto Rico and Port Louis, Mauritius.

Travellers seeking to explore more of the world will revel in the selection of 40 Grand Voyages that afford opportunities for epic journeys across distinct regions and multiple continents. These Grand Voyages explore the wonders of Asia, the stunning topography of the Oceania region, vibrant African cities, tropical Caribbean island retreats and South America’s dramatic terrain, all whilst enjoying the home-away-from-home luxury aboard Oceania Cruises’ elegant small ships.

Visitors wanting to focus on a specific region of the world have a myriad of carefully curated voyages to choose from, including immersive itineraries discovering the South American continent’s dramatic landscapes and diverse heritage, an array of exotic visits to Japan and Southeast Asia, and adventures through Australia and New Zealand.



2025-26 Tropics and Exotics Collection Highlights

Asia Odysseys | Experience Asia’s unique icons, cultural traditions and incredible landscapes with a wider array of sailings in the region than ever before. Regatta focuses on Japan and Southeast Asia, many with multiple overnight stays and ranging from 12 to 16 days, while Riviera offers five additional voyages in these regions. Sirena’s exotic lineup of 10- to 24-day sailings explores the diverse locales of Southeast Asia and Japan with select voyages featuring India and China, plus an exciting 25-day Africa voyage opening the season, and two enchanting South Pacific sailings closing the season.

Oceania Discoveries | The spectacular topography, remote islands and isolated beauty of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific come to life with Riviera’s range of 14- to 22-day sailings in the Oceania region. The finale is an adventurous Bering Sea crossing to Alaska.

Africa Adventures | Nautica focuses on Africa’s amazing wonders, offering opportunities to experience the continent’s unmistakable unity of culture and nature with a series of five voyages ranging from 11 to 30 days.

Panama Canal & Caribbean Retreats | Experience the crystal-clear Caribbean waters, island culture and iconic Panama Canal aboard Insignia, with Tampa as a new convenient embarkation and debarkation port. Allura, the line’s newest ship – launching in summer 2025 – offers even more opportunities to experience island bliss as she spends a sun-drenched season in the balmy Caribbean across both the Eastern and Western regions with a series of nine sailings, ranging from seven to 14 days.

South America Explorations | Take in the continent’s dramatic landscapes, diverse heritage and natural beauty with a series of six sailings aboard Marina – ranging from 10 to 24 days – exploring Patagonia, the best of Brazil, the Amazon and beyond, before crossing to the Mediterranean in April.

Vista’s First Around the World Journey | Experience an Oceania Cruises first as Vista becomes the ultimate home at sea for an epic 2026 sojourn that explores South America for nearly six weeks before discovering jewels across Australia, the South Pacific and Southeast Asia, continuing onwards to spend a memorable month in Europe.

Unique and new overnight stays | With more than 90 voyages featuring overnight stays, enjoy more opportunities for unique destination experiences and more immersion in ports as diverse as those found in Panama, Bali, Indonesia and Australia as well as new overnight port stays for Oceania Cruises such as Willemstad, Curacao; San Juan, Puerto Rico and Port Louis, Mauritius.

For additional information on Oceania Cruises’ small-ship luxury product, exquisitely crafted cuisine, and expertly curated travel experiences, visit OceaniaCruises.com, call +852 800-967609 (Hong Kong), +65 31 651 677 (Singapore), or speak with a professional travel advisor.



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About Oceania Cruises:

Oceania Cruises is the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line. The line’s eight small, luxurious ships carry a maximum of 1,250 guests and feature The Finest Cuisine at Sea® and destination-rich itineraries that span the globe. Expertly curated travel experiences aboard the designer-inspired, small ships call on more than 600 marquee and boutique ports in more than 100 countries on seven continents on voyages that range from seven to more than 200 days. Oceania Cruises is a wholly owned subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH). To learn more, visit www.nclhltd.com.

Abi Marquez, the Internet’s “Lumpia Queen,” Nominated at the 28th Annual Webby Awards






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In an exhilarating nod to the Philippines’ vibrant culinary scene, Abi Marquez, hailed as the internet’s “Lumpia Queen,” has been officially nominated for the prestigious 28th Annual Webby Awards under the Social - Food and Drink category.


The nomination—one of five in its category and handpicked from out of 13,000 projects submitted from around the world—places her among the top 12% of entries submitted. This also puts her in esteemed company alongside notable figures and entities such as America's Test Kitchen and Jennifer Garner. It likewise signifies Marquez’s impactful contribution to the digital food community.





Abi alongside other Food & Drink nominees


At just 23 years old, Marquez has captured the hearts and palates of millions worldwide with her delectable and innovative culinary creations, predominantly featuring the beloved Filipino dish, lumpia. Her engaging content and authentic portrayal of Filipino cuisine have amassed a following of 3.3 million on TikTok, with her videos receiving over 1 billion views and 86 million likes. Marquez’s rapid rise to social media stardom culminated in winning the TikTok Foodie Creator of the Year award in 2023, further cementing her status as a culinary influencer. Before becoming Lumpia Queen, Marquez was once upon a time a Hotel Restaurant and Institution Management (HRIM) student who utilized content creation as her practicum. She has been a talent of NYMA, the artist management arm of Kroma Entertainment, since 2023.


This nomination is not just a personal milestone for Marquez but also a moment of immense pride for the Philippines. It highlights the richness of Filipino culinary traditions and the boundless talent within the country, showcasing it on a global stage.


How to support Abi Marquez at the Webby Awards

Marquez is eligible to win at the Webby Awards two ways: by winning the award as chosen by the judging academy (the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences) and by being voted on by the public at The Webby People’s Voice Award. Both awards are a mark of international distinction for Internet excellence.


We invite everyone to join us in this momentous occasion by voting Abi Marquez in the Webby People’s Voice Awards. Your vote can shine a spotlight on Filipino cuisine and bring this prestigious award home.


To vote for Abi, please register at the Webby Awards voting page and vote through Thursday, April 18th at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time: https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2024/social/general-social/food-drink.




Choose Abi by signing up for an account and clicking Confirm Vote


Let’s rally together to celebrate and promote our culinary heritage on the world stage. Your support can make a difference in highlighting the Philippines as a powerhouse of culinary talent and innovation.


For more information and to follow Abi’s journey, please visit:


TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@abigailfmarquez

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abigailfmarquez/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abigailfmarquez

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@lumpiaqueen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lumpiakween


To learn more about KROMA and NYMA, visit https://www.kroma.ph/nyma.


About Kroma

Kroma Entertainment is a TraDigital Entertainment company that brings together passionate content creators, the best talent, and innovative technology to produce fresh and engaging entertainment for the Filipino audiences and beyond. Kroma offers entertainment across screens and formats, be it films, series, podcasts, TV shows, music, digital content, or events. Its brands ANIMA Studios, ANIMA Pods, Live MNL, NYMA, Kroma Music, Kroma PubCo, and PIE form a unique ecosystem to create trailblazing experiences for its clients and audiences.


About NYMA

NYMA is a talent agency that nurtures trailblazers to break through all media spaces. NYMA’s vision is to be the home of Filipino talents in the country and bring Filipino entertainment to the world. To learn more about NYMA, visit nyma.ph.





Two UPD College of Science Professors Win the NRCP Achievement Award





Dr. Cristine Villagonzalo (left) and Dr. Reynaldo Garcia (right) receiving the Achievement Award (Photo credit: DOST-NRCP)


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Dr. Cristine Villagonzalo and Dr. Reynaldo Garcia from the UP Diliman College of Science (UPD-CS) received the prestigious Achievement Award from the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) in the recently held Annual Scientific Conference and 91st General Membership Assembly last March 12, 2024.

Dr. Villagonzalo of the UPD-CS National Institute of Physics (UPD-CS NIP) was lauded for her contributions to Physics, and Dr. Garcia of the UPD-CS National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (UPD-CS NIMBB) for his contributions to the field of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Villagonzalo served as the President of the NRCP Governing board from 2022 to 2023. She is a Professor and the Deputy Director for Academic Affairs at NIP and the Project Leader of the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD) Philippines. Dr. Villagonzalo received her doctorate of natural sciences at Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany. She is currently working on a research project to integrate a quantum mechanics principle called the perturbation theory in a quantum circuit.

Dr. Garcia founded the Disease Molecular Biology and Epigenetics Laboratory (DMBEL) at NIMBB in 2011. He and his team played a crucial role in detecting and preventing the spread of COVID-19 during the pandemic. Dr. Garcia received his doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Australian National University and is currently a Professor at NIMBB. He is currently investigating how specific mutations in colon cancer cells affect their resistance to treatments, and how these mutated cells divide, migrate, and survive.

The NRCP started awarding the Achievement Award in 1979 to those who have significantly contributed to the research and development of natural sciences, health sciences, engineering, industry, social sciences, and humanities in the Philippines.

Aside from Dr. Villagonzalo and Dr. Garcia, three professors from UP Los Baños also received the Achievement Awards, namely Dr. Inocencio Buot Jr. for his contributions to Biological Sciences, Dr. Maria Ana Quimbo for Social Sciences, and Dr. Remil Galay for Veterinary Medicine.

The UPD Department of Chemical Engineering was awarded the 2023 NRCP Outstanding Institution Award. It joins the ranks of UPD-CS institutes that have received the award, namely NIP, Marine Science Institute (MSI), and Natural Sciences Research Institute DNA Analysis Laboratory (NSRI-DAL).



By Harvey Sapigao

Singapore Pavilion and the National Collection at the Biennale Arte 2024


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Opening to the public on 20 April 2024, the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (Biennale Arte) returns this week in Venice with a strong showing of Singapore offerings. This year, Singapore Art Museum presents Seeing Forest at the Pavilion of Singapore, while National Gallery Singapore is contributing artworks (from our national collection) to the Nucleo Storico section of the Central Pavilion, a first in our nation’s history.


Seeing Forest at the Pavilion of Singapore

The 11th edition of the Pavilion of Singapore at the Biennale Arte features Seeing Forest by artist Robert Zhao Renhui, in collaboration with curator Haeju Kim. Commissioned by the National Arts Council, supported by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and organised by the Singapore Art Museum, the exhibition invites visitors to step into a mysterious, forested zone that exists both in the imagination and in Singapore to uncover the complex web of human and non-human co-existence. The exhibition features a two-channel video installation, a sculptural video installation, and a photographic work, and is complemented by an imaginary forest map in Singapore.





















Singapore’s National Collection in Venice

For the first time in the country’s history, Singapore is also represented in the Main Exhibition of the 60th International Art Exhibition, entitled Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere, curated by Adriano Pedrosa. Eight artworks from National Gallery Singapore’s collection will be featured in the Nucleo Storico, in a sub-section entitled “Portraits”. The artworks range from self-portraits to representations of working class and indigenous persons, including Jeune fille en blanc (Young Girl in White) (1931) by Lê Phổ (Vietnam/France), Self Portrait (c. 1946) by Georgette Chen (China/Singapore), Labourer (Lunch Break) (1965) by Lai Foong Moi (Malaysia/Singapore) and more.
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