Saturday, December 27, 2014

Bet Ng Bayan Grand Finals this Sunday on GMA

After months of searching and showcasing Filipino homegrown talents all over the country, it’s going to be the battle of the best this Sunday (December 28) on the Grand Finals Showdown of GMA Network’s widest reality talents search Bet ng Bayan hosted by Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and Kapuso prime leading man Alden Richards.
Happening at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall, viewers will definitely witness spectacular performances from the contestants representing Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and Mega Manila.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Discovering Bauhinia's Filipino Delight

The Filipino history and culture has manifested its richness, diversity, and uniqueness with the distinct cuisine we call our own.  The food that has been identified with us is more than just a staple need; it is our culture ingested.  But Filipino food goes beyond the globally popular adobo.  It is as rich and broad as our multi-cultural lineage. 
Lumpiang Ubod, Lechon Rondalla and Healthy Fish Tacos

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bet Ng Bayan Visayas Semi-Finals this December 14

GMA’s biggest reality talent show Bet Ng Bayan has started the second phase of it’s search with the semi-final roundslast Sunday featuring talents from Luzon. This Sunday,December 14, it’s our ‘kababayans’ from Visayas’ turn.
Western Visayas - Gerard Caigoy “Master Of Pain” of Leon, Iloilo City

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Globe Platinum builds "Noah's Ark" classrooms in Aklan

It was a few days before the onslaught of Super Typhoon Ruby that we found ourselves in the province of Aklan to be part of the groundbreaking ceremony of the Globe Platinum Noah's Ark project in the town of Balete. The event was attended by Globe Telecom and Habitat for Humanity executives as well as Aklan Provincial and Balete Municipal government officials, the local press, and the students and teachers of Balete Elementary School.
Globe Telecom is the Development Sponsor for Aklan, one of the 14 provinces which were severely damaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan when it hit the Philippines in 2013. Globe supports the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR), which was created to supervise the efforts in the devastated sites. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014 empowers students to follow their dreams participated in the Career Awareness Caravan organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Employment Services Office (PESO), and the Iloilo Government-Industry-Academe (GIA) Council in Leganes, Iloilo. The event was held to make students understand the economic situation and job demands in Iloilo. 
FutureYou ph at the Career Awareness Caravan at Leganes Iloilo
Ms. Velma Jane Lao of LEIPO discussed Economic Development in the region. Ms. Salome Siaton from DOLE weighed in on the differences between being self-employed and being employed by a company.  Also present to give the opening remarks was the Mayor of Leganes, Hon. Adolfo Jaen.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Krispy Kreme opens Nov. 30 at SM City Iloilo

As part of our mission to bring #JoyInABox to the 7,100 islands, we’re opening our 59th store in the Philippines at SM City Iloilo this November 30. It will be the 4th store in the Visayas and is a "Hotlight Store" which means that once you see the hotlight sign come on, you’re sure that you will get that melt in your mouth doughnut freshness that Krispy Kreme is known for!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Globe Telecom's Project 1 Phone: Ang COOL Noon, SCHOOL Ngayon

Old non-working phones are usually discarded or abandoned yet for Globe Telecom, even if these phones have outgrown their usefulness, they can still do something wonderful – build classrooms for the children of Aklan.
Right now, Aklan needs hundreds of classrooms to accommodate its student population which was displaced after schools were destroyed or damaged by Typhoon Haiyan almost a year ago. Globe, a development partner for Aklan, committed to put up at least 40 school buildings in the province.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Megaworld profits P19-B for the first 9 months of 2014

Real estate giant Megaworld posted a net income of P19.03 billion (inclusive of the P11.62-billion non-recurring gain from the acquisition and sale of a subsidiary and associate) for the first nine months of 2014, 192 percent higher than the P6.52-billion posted for the same period in 2013, due to strong residential sales in its various townships, particularly in Newport City, Uptown Bonifacio, McKinley Hill, and Eastwood City, as well as higher leasing income from its office and retail portfolio.

“We are confident that Megaworld can achieve another record year for 2014 as we further expand our township developments all over the country,” said Dr. Andrew L. Tan, chairman and CEO, Megaworld.
Megaworld's Mckinley Hill at The Fort

Sunday, November 9, 2014

KAC Homecoming 2014 Recognizes Alumni’s School and Community Projects

Kool Adventure Camp (RAFI-KAC)gathered last ast October 18 to 19 to present the best practices they adopted. They were also recognized on their implemented school and community projects, such as study area contruction, tutorials, clean-up drive, old uniform donations, tree planting, feeding and waste segregation. 
Alumni campers actively participated in the planning, preparation and implementation of their post program projects. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

#HelloPH: Smart puts the spotlight on local stories and homegrown talents

Hello, world” is one of the old-school default phrases you see when starting a blog or the first sample text used in learning to code. That’s why it was only apt that wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) kicked of its #HelloPH series of meet-ups all over the country together with local partners in order to highlight local stories and homegrown talents – all connected through technology.
Stephanie Orlino, Smart Senior Manager for Education Programs, urges the participants to become local ambassadors of their hometowns through Doon Po Sa Amin Community Mapping Competition.

Through its Doon Po Sa Amin (DPSA) online community mapping competition and SWEEP open competition, Smart is helping promote the various regions with this collaborative meet-up series conducted in partnership with local groups.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Smart offers iPhone 6 starting Nov. 14!

Wireless services leader and the country’s biggest network Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) today announced it will offer iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, beginning on Friday, November 14, 2014. Customers can pre-order iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus beginning on Friday, November 7, 2014 at For more information on Smart Communications, please visit: For more information on iPhone, please visit:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween brews and booze at Days Hotel Iloilo

Halloween is just a few days away but at Days Hotel Iloilo, it is starting to feel like All Hallows’ Eve. A month-long Halloween celebration, The Promenade brings out popular cocktails, mixed drinks and brews with a twist.
Witch's Potion
With 14 various drinks to choose from, half non-alcoholic and the other half concocted to make you tipsy a bit, there's one that will surely capture your taste.

The Witch's Potion, Gremlin's Brew, Goblin Mimosa and Dracula’s Booze will create quite a stir as they headline the alcoholic offering line up. These concoctions have rhum, vodka, brandy, tequila and kahlua mixed with different juices and coffee, spiced up with cinnamon and a lot more.
Completing this dizzying list are Muddy Cappuccino, Citrus Champagne Tonic and Bloody Morgue-ritas.
Goblin Mimosa
But if you're no fan of alcohol or find it too early to booze up, check out the non-alcoholic line which is as exciting as well.

How about some Vampire's Kiss, Bloody Red Punch, Scary Sangria or Ghostly Glycol Punch?
You'll still have the Halloween spirit with these without being tipsy as they are assorted mixes of sodas, juices and coffee jazzed-up with vanilla, nutmeg and more.

Also try the Pumpkin Spice Latte, Spiced Hot Apple Cider and Pumpkin Pie Frappuccinno.
Dracul'as Booze
The Promenade's Halloween celebration culminates on the last 5 days of October with the Haunted Halloween Feast weekday lunch buffet. Enjoy an International Lunch Buffet with different cooking stations daily from Oct 27-31, 2014.

Indeed, Halloween is not just for kids at The Promenade. “No tricks, all treats” - only at Days Hotel Iloilo!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu students learn leadership skills at Kool Adventure Camp training

More than 300 high school students from the Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu underwent a personal leadership training facilitated by Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc - Kool Adventure Camp (RAFI-KAC), with the last batch finishing theirs last October 21 to 23. 

The program aimed to develop the participants’ leadership and decision-making skills. 
KAC Youth Instructor Gabriel Lamparas (background, sixth from left) facilitates the introduction of camp names to participants of the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu personal leadership training.
The first two batches of students underwent the program last August and September, respectively, while the third and final batch did so this October. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

STARTEK formally opens at the Iloilo Business Park

STARTEK, a leading provider of business process outsourcing services opened a new center located in Iloilo City in the Philippines with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local area business leaders and STARTEK management and employees on Friday, October 24, 2014. 

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog (in light polo) with STARTEK big wigs during the openign ceremony

STARTEK has been operating in temporary space since earlier this year as they waited for the new state-of-the-art building to be completed. The company will be located on three floors in the new building.

"The addition of the Iloilo location is the fourth site for us in the Philippines," said Chad Carlson, STARTEK's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Iloilo City's provincial location is ideal for our expansion in the Philippines."

 "We place a high value on providing a great environment for our employees and look forward to becoming involved in the community," said Carlson. "Giving back to the communities where our employees live and work is an integral part of the STARTEK philosophy and one of our core processes."

The new STARTEK contact center is part of the new Iloilo Business Park which features new hotels and a new convention center currently under construction. Megaworld, the developer for the area called the Iloilo Business Park which when completed is slated to be'the next central business district' in Iloilo City.

More photos of the inauguration and facilities.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Megaworld, Iloilo City join forces to hold Bike Festival in Iloilo Business Park in the next 10 years

There is so much excitement coming up in the 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park (IBP) as it becomes the official home of the annual Bike Festival until 2024.  This, after Megaworld and the Iloilo government signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to formalize the partnership.
The partnership between Megaworld and Iloilo, signed by senior vice president Jericho P. Go and Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, will promote a healthy lifestyle, road-sharing as bike lanes emerge and public safety practices in Iloilo.  
The 1st Iloilo Bike Festival held last March at the Iloilo Business Park
"The partnership solidifies the very purpose of this festival, which is to gather the Ilonggo community and show its commitment to healthy and sustainable living. We fully support Iloilo's bid to become the bike capital of the Philippines as we also build our own bike lanes in Iloilo Business Park," says Go.

Environment-friendly township

Future residents, BPO workers, mall-goers and visitors of the Iloilo Business Park will see it rising to become an eco-friendly, sustainable township.

"The very essence of township living is allowing convenient access to everyone to walk from one place to another or use bikes around the township, lessening carbon footprint," adds Go.
The Palladium is set to become the region''s most luxurious and tallest condominium
Soon to rise in the township is The Palladium, a 22-storey residential tower with green features of multi-level sky gardens -- the first in Western Visayas. This tower is also envisioned to be the region's tallest residential condominium once completed. 
We are very excited about The Palladium because our residents will be able to experience sky garden living that allows them to commune with nature without going out of the building," says Jennifer Palmares-Fong, head of marketing, Iloilo Business Park.

Iloilo Business Park as a business and tourism hub

The Iloilo Business Park is poised to be the Western Visayas’ biggest business and tourism hub located at the site of the old airport in Mandurriao district. 
Richmonde Hotel and Two Global Centre (Startek) building at the Iloilo Business Park
Megaworld has allotted P35 billion for the development of the township in the next 10 years, making it the company’s biggest single investment outside Metro Manila. The Iloilo Business Park will be home to luxury residential condominiums, state-of-the-art business process outsourcing (BPO) office towers, a Megaworld Center Mall, a 1.1-kilometer Festive Walk commercial and retail strip, open parks, transport hub, first-class hotels such as the Richmonde Hotel Iloilo and the Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo, and the much-anticipated 3,700-seating Iloilo Convention Center.

The Iloilo Business Park is expected to bring Megaworld’s pioneering ‘LIVE-WORK-PLAY-LEARN’ township to Western Visayas, following the success of other townships such as the 18.5-hectare Eastwood City, known to be the Philippines' first IT park; the 50-hectare McKinley Hill, 34.5-hectare McKinley West in Fort Bonifacio; the 15.4-hectare Uptown Bonifacio and the five-hectare Forbes Town Center in Bonifacio Global City; the 25-hectare Newport City in Pasay City, home of the famous Resorts World Manila; the 12.3-hectare Woodside City in Pasig City; the 11-hectare Davao Park District in Lanang, Davao City; and the 28.8-hectare The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Mangroves, My Life: Megaworld supports drive to protect the Iloilo River

As part of its commitment in developing sustainable townships, Megaworld, the country’s leading real estate developer, partnered with the Iloilo city government, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Iloilo City Agriculture Office, McDonald’s, and PGA Green Global company, to lead an environmental initiative dubbed “My Mangroves, My Life,” where around 100 volunteers from Megaworld, local residents, students from University of San Agustin, planted nursed mangrove seedlings at a 2,500 sq. m. coastal area of Brgy. Sooc, Villa de Arevalo, Iloilo City. 
(L-R) Harold Geronimo, head of public relations and communications, Megaworld; Romulo Pangantihon, agricultural technologist, Iloilo City Agriculture Office; Janica Ella Hondrade, Ms. Philippines-Earth finalist and Ms. Paraw Regatta Queen 2014; Ninfa Adolfo, DENR-Environmental Management Bureau; Norlito Bautista, administrator, Iloilo City; Ricardo Tugado, barangay captain, Brgy. Sooc; Geraldine Hautea, department head city agriculturist, Iloilo City Agriculture Office; and Jennifer Palmares-Fong, head of marketing, Iloilo Business Park.

The property giant initiated this step in giving back to the community as support to the local government’s unity drive to preserve and protect the Iloilo River which meets the gateway to Iloilo Business Park.
Iloilo Business Park

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Smart sustains efforts to rehabilitate Guimaras marine life

GUIMARAS—Eight years have passed since the M/T Solar 1 sank off the coast of Guimaras and Negros Islands causing, what is considered, the worst oil spill in the country.

The oil tanker, carrying more than 2 million liters of bunker fuel, sank during a violent storm in August 2006, and adversely affected marine sanctuaries and mangrove reserves in three out of five municipalities in the island of Guimaras.  The area was once a rich fishing ground.

Since then, the local government has stepped up efforts to conserve and protect the marine environment.

Environment advocate Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) was among the private institutions that immediately responded to the call for assistance in the long-term rehabilitation of the area, particularly in sustaining the mangrove plantation of the Taklong Island National Marine Reserve in barangays La Paz and San Roque in Nueva Valencia.  
Smart joins hands with community stakeholders in sustaining the mangrove plantation at the Taklong Island National Marine Reserve in Guimaras.
 “Smart has been proactively supporting initiatives all over the country that help protect and conserve the environment, and we are happy to be part of this effort to rehabilitate this mangrove natural reserve not only to help mitigate the impact of climate change, but also to help protect coastal communities from storm surges,” said Atty. Maria Jane C. Paredes, Smart senior manager, and head of Public Affairs for Visayas and Mindanao.

In partnership with Japanese telco NTT Docomo and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-PENRO), Smart committed to support the rehabilitation of the mangrove plantation in Taklong Island over the next three years.

A Smart volunteer plants a mangrove propagule as part of efforts to sustain the Taklong Island National Marine Reserve in Guimaras.
About 50 volunteers, including 25 Smart employees and representatives of the La Paz Fisherfolks and Aquatic Resources Mangrove Management Association (LAFARMA), and San Roque Coastal Environment Program Association (SARCEPA), planted a total of 1,111 mangrove seedlings in the marine reserve.

“We urge our stakeholders, especially the members of LAFARMA and SARCEPA that are residing near the protected area to help in the rehabilitation and preservation efforts, like our regular mangrove planting activity.  In doing this, we not only help protect our marine sanctuaries, we also protect ourselves from possible storm surges and floods,” said Franklin Magno, park superintendent of the Taklong Island marine reserve.

Smart has made it a part of its corporate social responsibility to help in sustaining the environment, and has supported initiatives over the years in support of this advocacy.  It has been planting mangrove propagules in coastal communities in Cebu, and other parts of the country.  With risks related to flooding, Smart has also adopted upland watersheds for reforestation to help save lives. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Emperador grows the most modern vineyard in Spain

World-renowned Emperador Brandy will soon be produced on the most modern vineyard in Spain, also considered the largest vineyard in Europe dedicated to brandy production. According to Universidad Politécnica de Madrid professor José Ramón Lissarrague, who has over three decades of agricultural engineering expertise, the vineyard employs the most advanced technology in Spain.

“With its modern and technologically advanced design, Emperador’s vineyard in Toledo is expected to yield approximately 30,000 kilos of grapes per hectare.  This is equivalent to five times the average yield of a typical Spanish vineyard,” said Lissarrague.  The professor is part of a team tapped to develop the best implementation strategies for the vineyard.  He has worked for many years with González Byass, one of the largest sherry, wine and brandy producers in Spain.

Unlike traditional Spanish vineyards, Emperador’s Toledo vineyard features state-of-the-art technology called Precision Viticulture, which is focused on promoting the high production of grapes while reducing production cost per kilogram.  

Precision Viticulture analyzes the sides of the plots and the length of the rows in the vineyard.  The orientation of the rows and the distance between vines and rows have both been specifically designed and implemented using Global Positioning System, or GPS.  This is to help reduce the investment cost while taking advantage of the terrain, making the cultivation more cost-efficient.  A highly mechanized pruning method is likewise utilized, with strict adherence to a specific vine length.   

“With Precision Viticulture, everything is considered—including when to turn off machinery in order to save on production costs,” said Jorge B. Domecq, managing director of GrupoEmperador Spain, S.A.

Economies of scale are essential to Precision Viticulture, which means large quantities of land and water are required.  Emperador’s vineyard is approximately 500 hectares in size.
The water necessary to the vineyard is amply supplied by the Tajo River, the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula stretching across Spain all the way to Portugal.  

The vineyard uses a specially designed automated irrigation and monitoring system.  Advanced sensors are spread throughout the vineyard, which constantly monitor the state of the soil, atmosphere and agricultural crops.

Continuous monitoring allows important decisions to be made regarding irrigation and fertilization.  Irrigation, filtration of the water and fertilization are automated, and can be controlled remotely from any place in the world using information technology.

During harvest season, the design of the rows once again allow for increased efficiency, as these have been adapted for mechanical harvest procedures.   

Aside from advanced technology, location plays a vital part in the success of the vineyard.  Toledo, the medieval capital of Spain, is located in La Mancha, the biggest wine-producing region in the world.  Its weather conditions are ideal, with the hot and dry climate helping ensure plant vigor. 

According to Domecq: “Emperador’s vineyard in Toledo is superior to other vineyards in La Mancha because its location does not experience frost during spring time.  Frost could seriously affect the harvest.”

With the most modern vineyard in Spain, Emperador expects to generate a 500 percent higher yield than average Spanish vineyards.

Since 2013, Emperador has acquired over a thousand hectares of prime vineyard land in Spain.

Emperador is part of the Alliance Global Group of Companies, a major global conglomerate engaged in real estate development, tourism entertainment and gaming, food and beverage, and quick service restaurants.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Megaworld to build Western Visayas’ tallest residential tower in Iloilo Business Park

ILOILO CITY, Philippines, September 30, 2014— Megaworld, the country’s leading real estate developer and pioneer of townships, introduces another modern luxury residential condominium that is poised to be the tallest building in the region. Standing 80 meters high at 22 storeys, The Palladium will also be Western Visayas’ first residential tower with its own skygardens in various floors overlooking the spectacular views of the booming city.  
The Palladium will feature skygardens, infinity pool and loft units
“Since last year, we have been experiencing consistent growth in the demand for residential towers in Iloilo Business Park. Everyday, we get inquiries about new projects and everyone wants the best views and amenities from the condominiums that they look for. That is why selling the four towers of our first two residential projects, One Madison Place and Lafayette Park Square, was very easy. And now, we are on our fifth tower which will be offering another set of unique, first-of-its-kind amenities and features that Ilonggos can boast of,” says Jennifer Palmares-Fong, head of marketing, Iloilo Business Park.  
Named after one of the earth’s rarest precious elements, The Palladium will be built as a stylish urban oasis with four skygardens where residents can relax and enjoy serene moments with nature.  

A total of 482 units ranging from studio (from 29.50 square meters), executive studio (from 39.50 square meters), one-bedroom (from 49.50 square meters) to two-bedrooms (from 83.50 square meters) will be available at The Palladium which will be divided into North Wing and South Wing. At the topmost floor of the tower, there will be exclusive loft units ranging from 76 square meters to 115 square meters.

Residents of The Palladium will also get to enjoy the state-of-the-art amenities that the tower offers. These include an infinity pool, a children’s pool, outdoor and indoor fitness center, day care center, lawn area for events, and a function hall.  

From the outside, the first two levels of The Palladium will be allocated for commercial and retail shops. 

“We are offering a unique living experience at The Palladium. Our loft units will be first-of-its-kind in Iloilo City and the entire Western Visayas, and our amenities will raise the bar of this city’s lifestyle for our future residents,” adds Palmares-Fong.

Iloilo Business Park is a 72-hectare township development, which is poised to be the Western Visayas’ biggest business and tourism hub located at the site of the old airport in Mandurriao district.

Megaworld has allotted P35-billion for the development of the township in the next 10 years, making it the company’s biggest single investment outside Metro Manila. Iloilo Business Park will be home to luxury residential condominiums, state-of-the-art Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) office towers, a Megaworld Center Mall, a 1.1-kilometer Festive Walk commercial and retail strip, open parks, transport hub, first-class hotels such as Richmonde Hotel Iloilo and Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo, and the much-anticipated 3,700-seating Iloilo Convention Center.
The Iloilo Business Park is expected to bring Megaworld’s pioneering ‘LIVE-WORK-PLAY-LEARN’ township to Western Visayas, following the success of other townships such as the 18.5-hectare Eastwood City, known to be the Philippines' first IT park; the 50-hectare McKinley Hill, 34.5-hectare McKinley West in Fort Bonifacio; the 15.4-hectare Uptown Bonifacio and the five-hectare Forbes Town Center in Bonifacio Global City; the 25-hectare Newport City in Pasay City, home of the famous Resorts World Manila; the 12.3-hectare Woodside City in Pasig City; the 11-hectare Davao Park District in Lanang, Davao City; and the 28.8-hectare The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

GMA Network launches newest reality talent search Bet ng Bayan

This October 5 (Sunday), the search for the Performing Artist Extraordinaire begins via GMA Network’s newest reality talent search Bet ng Bayan. Hosted by no less than the Asia’s Songbird Ms. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and Kapuso Prime leading man Alden Richards, Bet ng Bayan showcases exceptional Filipino talents—dancing, singing, and extraordinary performances.

BNB is a nationwide musical festival fostering the Filipino’s faith in the Filipino talent as the performer that is broad in orientation and scope. Since July, BNB has welcomed all hopefuls from all over the Philippines who are to show off the best of what they’ve got. The show encourages viewers to personally and passionately root for a specific local Filipino talent into becoming the nation’s best. 

It’s the first talent show that I’ll be hosting na hindi lang singing. This one is different kasi may kakaibang talento at sayawan. And what we’re doing in Bet ng Bayan is that each category will have a winner—Bet na Singer/s, Bet na Dancer/s, at Bet na Kakaibang Talento. I’m very much excited to be part of the nationwide auditions. We’re going to look for representatives from each region, so everyone can support their fellow kababayan,” shares Regine. 
Esteemed panel of judges for Bet ng Bayan, Ms. Kuh Ledesma, Mr. Jim Paredes,
and Kapuso primetime king, Mr. Dingdong Dantes.
Meanwhile, Alden also expresses his excitement to be part of the show, “Sobrang blessed ako to be part of this show lalo na at makakasama ko pa si Ms. Regine. I am very much looking forward to witness kung gaano kagaling ang mga Pinoy. This show will definitely be inspiring knowing that thousand of aspirants are ready to take a chance on fulfilling a lifetime dream.

Directed by Mark Reyes, Bet ng Bayan will air every Sunday (9:40-10:40pm) plus updates from Monday to Friday (10:05-10:20pm).

Bet ng Bayan will definitely bring a new level of entertainment to Filipino viewers as it premieres this October 5 on GMA. 

Moonwalk 2014 : A Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness

It is October so let us color the town pink!  

Join the 11th Moonwalk: A Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness on October 11, Saturday, from Fuente Osmeña Rotunda to Plaza Independencia in Cebu City.

Assembly time at Fuente Osmeña is 5 p.m., with a pre-walk program at 5:30 p.m.  The program at Plaza Independencia, which would immediately follow after the walk, would feature testimonies of various cancer survivors.

Among other guests, Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale would grace the occasion.

Moonwalk: A Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness is a unique collective advocacy campaign focused on early screening and detection of breast cancer through monthly breast self-examination and mammography.

With records of 657 deaths out of the 1,349 cases in 2003-2007, the Cebu population-based Cancer Registry of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.-Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (RAFI-EJACC) identifies breast cancer as the leading cause of death among Cebuano women.
For this reason, the fight against
the disease, which affects the lives of Cebuano women and their families, continues through this annual advocacy walk, which is held every full moon of October in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The event is organized by RAFI-EJACC in partnership with the Cebu City Government and Task Force Cancer of Cebu City, Department of Health 7, Destiny Medical Fund Inc., and Goldilocks.  It is also supported by the Cebu Cancer Fight Inc., I CAN SERVE Foundation, and CAN with GOD. 

RAFI-EJACC once again calls on the public to take part in this massive awareness campaign. Participants are encouraged to wear pink.  

To join or inquire about Moonwalk and EJACC and its services, please contact 256-3287 or 254-6351 and look for Gina Mariquit, or visit or, or follow on Twitter.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

New Generation of Samsung Digital Appliances offers Solutions for Energy Efficiency and Space

Technology is ever evolving, but it has always been aimed at aiding everyday tasks. Samsung has taken on the higher pursuit of offering people a better lifestyle. Thus, armed with state-of-the-art electronics and a passion for innovation, Samsung has come up with their new lineup of digital household appliances that will ensure a happy home.

Air Conditioner With Triangle Design

Among their breakthrough inventions is their new air conditioner with triangle design. In a country that is notorious for its sweltering summers, a proper air conditioner is almost mandatory. But the difference between this new Smart Air Conditioner and an conventional air conditioner is clear. It does not just produce cool air; it has been tailored to be more efficient and cost-effective in this task. Thanks to its carefully engineered triangle design which allows for bigger fans within a more compact body. Thus, it circulates cool air faster, farther, and wider while maintaining a sleek look.

The new Smart Air Conditioner is equipped with Samsung’s Digital Inverter Technology. It can maintain the desired temperature without frequently shutting off and on, so it consumes less energy. The Digital Inverter Technology helps users to stay comfortable for long periods of time, while using the minimum amount of energy – of up to 60% less electricity than conventional air conditioners

Designed to be outstandingly efficient, its uniquely triangular design has a wider inlet, wider outlet and a bigger fan to ensure that air is cooled and expelled faster (26%), farther (14m meters) and wider (39%) – ensuring even air distribution and powerful cooling.

Also, the new air conditioner begins cooling the air fast using its powerful Fast Cool mode, to cool down the room faster. It then automatically changes the mode to Comfort Cool to maintain the desired temperature. Users won’t feel cold and don’t have to keep manually changing the settings or turning the air conditioner on and off.

Energy efficiency is a key purchasing decision for consumers. The Samsung Air Conditioner’s Single User mode gives the flexibility to the user to control the capacity by effective use of energy. It uses less compressor capacity, reducing power consumption, while still providing a cool and comfortable environment. This ensures that users won’t have to worry about the electricity bill even if there’s only one person in the room.

The new Samsung Air Conditioner features Samsung’s exclusive Virus Doctor that keeps families safe and comfortable through innovative air purifying technology, which neutralizes harmful contaminants in the air. The Virus Doctor feature has received various accolades including a 2010 AHR Expo Innovation Award in the indoor air-quality category, a 1st Air Day Minister of the Environmental Award, and the Jang Young Sil Award. Now, mothers need not worry about air-born viruses and allergens with Samsung’s Virus Doctor technology.

Stylish and Smart, the pure Crystal Gloss™ finish and uniquely curved design of the Samsung Air Conditioner deliver a premium look. Like aerodynamic, high performance sports cars, every aspect of its streamlined body is encased in dual-injected, transparent material for an elegant finish that blends seamlessly into any modern home.

Using an application on a smartphone, the Smart Wi-Fi function lets users remotely control the functions of the Samsung Air Conditioner to schedule its operation. In any location with a wireless network, users can instantly turn it on and off and select the operating mode as well as temperature. Additionally, the air conditioner is able to communicate operational time and electricity usage as well as providing filter cleaning reminders. The unit can also store preferred operational settings and cooling preferences.

The Smart Installation is a self-diagnosis feature that ensures the air conditioner is installed perfectly by the aircon installer. It automatically checks for installation faults that might cause problems when the air conditioner starts operating.

The Smart Check automatic error-monitoring system detects and diagnoses problems and provides easy troubleshooting solutions using a smartphone application. It saves users time and prevents unnecessary costs prior to a service call.

This, alongside its efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and innovative design, makes Samsung’s new Smart Air Conditioner the perfect household appliance for any savvy family wishing to ensure the health and wellness of their children.

Food ShowCase Refrigerator

Part of their new lineup also includes the new Food Showcase Refrigerator. This innovation provides smart organization for all your different types of food. There are two layers of doors in order to properly showcase the contents of the refrigerator, making it much easier to visualize your stocks. There are the outer compartments for your most frequently used products, allowing instant access. And then there are the inner compartments for ingredients that you don’t use as often. Not only does this maximize space, this setup makes organizing and consuming food a simple process. Everyone in the family, including the children can access refrigerator contents with ease.

The new Food ShowCase Refrigerator also features an ice and water dispenser. At the touch of a button, users can enjoy a refreshing glass of chilled filtered water or fill a pitcher with cubed or crushed ice.

This refrigerator is also equipped with Samsung’s trademark Digital Inverter Technology. This means that the refrigerator utilizes the same smart technology that allows it to adjust its temperature accordingly. Thus, no unnecessary energy is consumed, making this an efficient and cost-effective appliance.

Front Load Washing Machine with Eco-Bubble Technology

Another addition to their lineup of smart appliances is the Front Load Washing Machine. Doing the laundry is an arduous and time-consuming task. There are many things to consider when it comes to washing fabric, but Samsung’s newest Front Load Washing Machine makes cleaning clothes a breeze. It makes use of Samsung’s own Eco Bubble Technology that allows powerful cleaning in cold water. Using warm water is an extra step when it comes to doing the laundry, and it can also be damaging to some fabrics. But the Eco Bubble allows for easy cleaning by completely dissolving detergent even with cold water producing fine foam that easily penetrates the fabric for both effective and gentle, cutting the time, effort, and energy needed in doing this task.

In addition to being extremely powerful with its high Revolution Per Minute (RPM) rate, it is also furnished with the Stain Away Program. This pre-programmed cycle was designed to deal with the 12 most common types of stains: blood, cocoa, sebum, oatmeal, tea, wine, tomato, pencil lead, mud, makeup, lipstick, and grass. It does all this with less noise, less vibration, and more performance than an ordinary washing machine. And of course, it is outfitted with the Digital Inverter Technology, guaranteeing efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Samsung Smart Oven

Last on Samsung’s latest digital appliance lineup is the Samsung Smart Oven. The Samsung Smart Oven comes with more cooking settings in order to provide families with the best cooking experience possible. It includes features such as auto-cook for pre-programmed recipes yogurt making, dough proofing, and “Slim Fry” function. Slimfry function is what differentiates this from the typical Microwave Oven, since preparing meals no longer has to be an unhealthy experience.

The “Slim Fry” technology allows you to enjoy your favourite fried food cooked to a crisp without the oil. Cooking healthier meals for the family without cutting on taste and texture is now made possible. Meanwhile, the other smart features this smart oven has fulfilled a multitude of purposes. Its premium sensors allows it identify a food’s surface temperature, so whether it is frozen, chilled, or fresh, it can adjust its heat accordingly so you do not have to worry about overcooking or undercooking your meals. This makes it a great addition to any household.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

RAFI inks deal with 12 LGUs for construction of 218 classrooms

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) and 12 local government units (LGUs) of Cebu yesterday (September 19) entered into an agreement for the repair and construction of 218 classrooms that would benefit an estimated 9,800 students.

The classrooms include those in schools in towns severely hit by super typhoon Yolanda last November 8. Aside from building classrooms, RAFI would also assist the LGUs and the Department of Education in school governance.

“The challenge is not on fixing the school buildings anymore. What we need is to prepare the students so that they can compete,” said RAFI President Roberto Aboitiz, adding that there is also a need to build the character, competence, and citizenship of the students.
He likewise exhorted the LGUs to maintain the same enthusiasm in partnering with RAFI in this project. 
Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) President Roberto Aboitiz gestures as he emphasizes the point that aside from building classrooms, all stakeholders should also invest in building competence, and citizenship of the students.

Mayors and or the representatives of the towns of Alcoy, Aloguinsan, Asturias, Bantayan, Barili, Borbon, Carcar, Naga, Madridejos, Samboan, San Remigio, Sibonga signed separate agreements with RAFI for the P144-million school rehabilitation project (SRP), as a continuing commitment to provide the school children with a safer and more conducive learning environment.

As stipulated in the agreement, the 12 LGUs were expected to provide funds for manpower requirements as counterpart for the rehabilitation of their schools, among other obligations.

The 12 LGUs have also committed to assume full responsibility of the actual implementation and execution, from inception to completion, of the rehabilitation works, in accordance with the project terms of reference and of the SRP.

RAFI, on the other hand, would commit to extend assistance to the LGUs through the provision of construction materials based on the approved scope of works, program of works, and bill of materials.

Speaking on behalf of the other LGUs, Tuburan Mayor Democrito Diamante thanked RAFI for the assistance in repairing and constructing classrooms in his town.  He also requested that the foundation help his town in the successful implementation of the K-12 program in 2016.
Tuburan Mayor Democrito Diamante thanked the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) for assisting his town in repairing and constructing classrooms, as he asked for help in implementation of the K-12 program in 2016.

In the same event, RAFI also honored three municipalities for their active participation in RAFI’s SRP.

The local government units of Asturias, Tuburan, and Bantayan were recognized after being able to rehabilitate more than 50 classrooms (Asturias, Tuburan) and more than 100 classrooms (Bantayan) affected by super typhoonYolanda.

“By having this recognition, we would like to show the public that these LGUs that are actually helping and are really prioritizing education by partnering with us in this endeavor, in this school rehab,” said Anton Dignadice, RAFI Education Development Unit executive director.
The recognition was meant to highlight the efforts and contributions of RAFI’s SRP partners and to encourage participation and partnership of the local stakeholders in the foundation’s projects.

“In RAFI, one of our key attributes is collaboration. In everything that we do, including promoting education we always involve partners; we always try to engage the stakeholders. They are really a key element in the success of the project and so, we would like to recognize those partners who have actually helped us in ensuring the success of the project,” said Dignadice.

He said that the citations mean that the three municipalities have partnered with RAFI for a certain time and that they provided counterpart funding for SRP.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Casa Gorordo Museum closed for upgrading

Casa Gorordo Museum is closed for eight months starting September 20 for upgrading.

Committed to improve the entire facility, including the museum shop, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc., which manages the facility, is doing so to enhance the museum.

The new Casa Gorordo Museum will utilize state-of-the-art presentations, with additional galleries set up, to make the museum experience more interactive and exciting.

Programs, exhibits and other activities will continue, however, in other venues.  

Kabataan, Kultura ug Kabilin and Kids at the Museum are still set this month and in October, respectively.

The museum will be re-launched and opened in May 2015.
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