Sunday, June 17, 2018

Renee Salud and the Philippine Tapestry Fashion Show at Hotel Jen Manila

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Undoubtedly among the icons in the Philippine fashion industry, Filipino Fashion Designer Renee Salud, more popularly called Mama Renee by his celebrity clients, or Kuya Renee by his staff and team, never fails to impress with his exquisite and seemingly eccentric designs featuring the major weaves of the Philippine archipelago spanning from Luzon, Visyas to Mindanao. These mix of modern yet ethnic look created with both comfort and style in mind are totally of international appeal.

The fashion icon known as a fairy godmother to many aspiring beauty queens who won their crowns wearing his creations, has catered to a wide range of clientele including popular showbiz personalities. He has earned the title of Ambassador of Philippine Fashion for his many ingenious creations featuring Philippine materials, weaves and artistry.

I would personally want to wear his creations for myself not just to flaunt but to feel proud and honored wearing an attire symbolic of Philippine culture and heritage.

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The Philippines indeed has a rich history of age-old artistry that we should patronize to boost Filipino identity. We should often make use of indigenous materials not only to showcase the colorful art form created by Filipino artisans in exemplifying traditional wear, but also to help promote its origins sourced from all over the country.

We don't need to look far because fashion designers could just roam around the Philippines and get ideas for elegant outfits that could be truly world class when we put our hearts and minds, even souls, in its fabrication.

The Philippine Tapestry fashion show by Renee Salud was held on June 11, 2018 at Hotel Jen Manila in Pasay city.

Photography by Bert Briones

DOTr, SETSCO to roll out modern PUVs

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In its relentless effort to provide quality, safe, environment friendly and affordable public transport, the Department of Transportation (DOTr), through the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), gave green light to the Senate Employees Transport Service Cooperative (SETSCO) to roll out their new public utility jeepneys (PUJs), that are compliant under the PUV Modernization Program.

On Monday afternoon, 18 June 2018, 15 out of the total 35 modern PUJ units, which will ply the route of StarCity/CCP to PICC, GSIS/Senate to MOA to PITX and back, will initially be launched.

DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Tim Orbos and LTRFB Chairman Martin Delgra III are expected to be joined by Senate President Vicente Sotto, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senators Aquilino Pimentel Jr. and Sherwin Gatchalian during the launch.

SETSCO is composed of 22 operators headed by its Chairperson Remedios Venturina, and is among the 3 pre-selected cooperatives to participate in the initial implementation of the PUVMP. 

The pre-selection was made by the Office of the Transport Cooperative (OTC), whose recommendation was based on the cooperative’s good standing, financial capability, and its established management structure.

SETSCO is by far the second cooperative to have been granted a franchise to operate due to its compliance to the PUVMP. It was able to obtain a loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines.

According to LTFRB Chairman Delgra, this goes to show that transport leaders are realizing the need for a better system.

"Kaya naman po talaga itong gawin. Nakasuporta po tayo sa mga kooperatiba basta't kumpleto ang mga dokumento, may maayos na ruta at kaisa natin sa pagsusulong ng PUVMP. Sila rin naman po ang makikinabang dito sa bandang huli,” said Chairman Delgra.

Aside from route rationalization, one of the key components of PUVMP is fleet modernization.

Usec. Orbos stressed the importance of safety and convenience with due consideration to Persons-with-Disabilities (PWDs) passengers. 

"Dapat po ang mga modernong public transport, hindi lang ligtas at kumportable. Ito ay dapat para sa lahat. Pag sinabing lahat, kasama po rito ang mga senior citizens o nakatatanda, gayundin ang mga PWDs,” Usec. Orbos said.

Meanwhile, despite opposition from some minority transport groups, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade stands firm in his commitment to modernize the transport sector.

"We cannot delay nor deny the public of their right to convenient, affordable and roadworthy mass transport. Pinangako iyan ni Presidente Duterte kaya tungkulin ko na siguruhing iyong mga bulok na at hindi na dapat pang sakyan ay maialis na natin sa kalsada,” Secretary Tugade said.

Unfazed with threats of transport strikes, 
Tugade said "Magrally sila kung gusto nila. Sunugin nila effigy ko kung gusto nila. But I will insist on the PUV Modernization program. Hindi ko sinasagasaan mga driver at operator sa paghahanapbuhay nila. Ang pakiusap ko lang sa paghahanapbuhay nila, 'wag ka namang bumawi ng buhay ng iba."

Wazzup Pilipinas Awarded as World Class Philippine Company

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Congratulations, Wazzup Pilipinas for being awarded as a World Class Philippine Company at the Gabi ng Parangal of World Class Philippines Awards during the gala night held on June 16 at City of Dreams Manila grand ballroom.

Receiving the award is Wazzup Pilipinas founder Ross "Pambansang Blogger" Del Rosario, together with his wife, Wilma Del Rosario. Both are actively managing the site known as the Pambansang Blog ng Pilipinas - self-declared but living up to its name since it was founded way back 2013.

Wazzup Pilipinas is a multi-awarded online publication or more popularly known as a blog site but has expanded to even collaborate as a radio, TV and print media content provider, aside from the hosting experiences.

According to our founder, the award is dedicated to all the partners, sponsors, contributors, supporters, correspondents, and all other people who in one way or another have helped in making Wazzup Pilipinas truly world class.

This is specially recognizing as well the ever growing readers of the Wazzup Pilipinas site and social media network (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, etc).

Wazzup Pilipinas will continue with its commitment to share only quality and really significant content beneficial to all our readers and viewers. The site aims to bring back the glory of blogging as it was originally intended - to share real life experiences as it happens, to help promote quality products, services and talents especially Philippine made, uplift tourism efforts within the country, and raise the bar of excellence for the Filipinos.

The awards night had the presence of distinguished celebrity and government personalities like MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago, Actress and businesswoman Ara Mina, Afficionado Owner Joel Cruz, and a lot of entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, andvother business owners that excel in both their business and management of it.

Several performers like dance troupes, a chorale, a puppeteer and ventriloquist, a celebrity singer, etc., also entertained the awardees while having their delightful dinner provided by the City of Dreams Manila.

The recognition as World Class Filipinos and Philippine Companies are indeed well deserved by the individuals and companies that continue to pursue world class excellence for themselves their products, services and people. Kudos to companies who invest on the mprovement of skills and intelligence of their team by providing continuous training proframs for career and personality development. We would like to commend the management who understand the need for rest and recreation for their team. Special mention to perks, privileges, bonuses, and other rewards to recognize extraordinary work performance, and even honesty or good moral character.

The most important part of a company is its people who play the vital role to sustain its excellence. To recognize them with even just a sincere Thank You is highly appreciated.

Photography by Bert Briones

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