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.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Smart calls on film enthusiasts to promote Pinoy culture and heritage

Doon Po Sa Amin (DPSA), the biggest and longest-running crowd-sourced community mapping activity in the country, just got more exciting this year with the launch of the open category. This time, all Filipinos can join and become ambassadors of their respective towns.
Doon Po Sa Amin (DPSA), the biggest and longest-running crowd-sourced community mapping activity in the country, just got more exciting this year with the launch of the open category. This time, all Filipinos can join and become ambassadors of their respective towns.

Organized annually by wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), DPSA was launched in 2008 as part of the telco’s corporate social responsibility to help boost tourism through the use of Internet and digital technologies. Teams participating in DPSA are required to promote the country by creating short videos that highlight the best of their hometowns.

DPSA, which began as a learning activity for schools, was able to engage, in the last six years, thousands of elementary and high school students nationwide to share online the most unique and interesting stories about the country. This year, Smart extends the challenge to all Pinoy film enthusiasts who want to contribute to the promotion of the Philippines.

“Recognizing the power of videos as a tool to advance tourism, we decided to level up DPSA this year by also engaging film enthusiasts to take part in the effort of building an online map of the Philippines containing videos embodying Filipino culture and heritage, created by Pinoys,” said Ramon R. Isberto, group head for Public Affairs at Smart.
Entries to the competition can be about a town’s history, traditions, festivals and activities, places to visit, notable people, unique plants and animals, special delicacies, and local products. Video entries may be in the form of animation, documentary, short film, or music video.

Teams may register and submit videos until October 31, 2014 via the DPSA website ( Entries will be judged according to content (40%), creativity (30%), execution (20%), and impact (10%). More than Php500,000 are up for grabs to the teams with the best stories.
As part of its advocacy to push the use of technology to aid tourism and enhance tourist experience, Smart also supports the Digital Tourism project of the Cebu-based startup InnoPub Media. The project involves the development of local tourism mobile apps and guidebooks; as well as Quick Response (QR) code and Near Field Communications (NFC) -enabled tourism markers. Digital Tourism is currently being implemented in the cities and municipalities in Cebu, Baguio and Iloilo.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GT Cosmetics hold ground breaking for third plant

Cebu-based beauty products maker GT Cosmetics is expanding its soap production through the construction of a third manufacturing plant to meet an expected increase in demand next year with the integration of Southeast Asian countries in the region.

GT Cosmetics, which currently celebrates its 20th year anniversary, broke ground for the new plant last August 23 in a 3,320-square meter lot in Barangay Tayud, Consolacion in Cebu.

“The new plant will help prepare GT Cosmetics for the integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN),” said Engr. Leonora Salvanes, GT Cosmetics founder and chief executive officer. 
Engr. Salvane (center), GT Cosmetics founder and chief executive officer, lead the groundbreaking ceremony of GT Cosmetics' third plant in Tayud, Consolacion, Cebu. With her are Dr. Ely Tecson, DTI Cebu Province Division Chief, Monsignor Sin Iriate, Construction in-charge Engr. Dennis Campit, Liloan Municipal Engineer Remy Udtohan, Barangay Tayud captain Oscarlito Cabahug, and GT Cosmetics managers.
Salvane said that the new plant will double production to 30,000 soaps a day and help increase the firm’s capacity to cater to the ASEAN’s 600 million strong consumer market.

Joining Engr. Salvane in the groundbreaking ceremony is Dr. Ely Tecson, DTI Cebu Province Division Chief, Monsignor Sin Iriate, Construction in-charge Engr. Dennis Campit, Liloan Municipal Engineer Remy Udtohan, Barangay Tayud captain Oscarlito Cabahug, and GT Cosmetics managers.

The ground breaking ceremony was held the same day a public hearing was conducted with over 200 Tayud residents who overwhelmingly supported the construction of the soap factory in their barangay.

The said manufacturing plant, which is projected to begin operations next year, is the company’s third and biggest plant after the first in Liloan, Cebu and the second in Marilao, Bulacan.

According to Salvane, once open the plant will require the hiring of 80 workers to man its operations. Its construction cost is P50 million.

Salvane also assured local residents of Tayud, Consolacion that the new plant will be installing a waste water treatment facility. Moreover, she said that the site of the plant is located in an industrial zone which has a working drainage for industrial wastes.

GT Cosmetics has a P25 million a month as its average gross revenue, with the lion’s share of its consumer base hailing from the Visayas and Mindanao.

The manufacturing plant in Bulacan, which had a construct cost of 20 million pesos, started operations last year to fulfill the rising demand for GT Cosmetics skin care products in Luzon.

The beauty company’s products, especially its signature carrot, papaya, and lemon soaps, are also available in countries like Canada, China, Finland, Japan, Korea, and the United States.

In line with its 20th anniversary, GT Cosmetics also launched new products this year, including the GT Essential Facial Scrub, Papaya Lotion, Liquid Body Soap, and fragrances. These will come on top of the firm’s nine product lines currently available in the market.

GT Cosmetics has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1994 when Salvane, a chemical engineer, made soaps using baking moulds in her home kitchen.

Today it stands as one the homegrown Cebuano entrepreneurs that have managed to break in the beauty business and become successful.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

CCP's "Sining ay Buhay, Buhay ang Sining" to visit Iloilo

To mark the 35th year of the CCP’s Outreach Program, a series of regional cultural exchanges and community tours billed as “Sining ay Buhay, Buhay ang Sining” will be organized by the CCP Cultural Exchange Department from September to November 2014 featuring the most prominent regional cultural groups.
The exchanges will focus on the flourishing of arts and culture in the regions, and how art has made an impact in the lives of the people and the creative industry in the local communities.  Through this program, the CCP CED endeavors to support and motivate local cultural performing groups to achieve artistic excellence and promote local art and cultural expressions in various venues and communities.  The program will certainly be a fitting celebration of the center’s regional cultural work in the last three and a half decades. 

To launch the exchanges,  three exceptional performing groups from Luzon will visit the Visayas region this September: Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation Inc. (BKFI) of Malolos, Bulacan; Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe (LBDT) of the University of Lyceum Batangas City; and the Baao Children and Youth Choir (BCYC) of Baao, Camarines Sur.
The Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation Inc. relives the life of Eusebio “Maestrong Sebio” Roque
and his contributions to the founding of Kakarong De Sili Republic through a musical play
dubbed as Kakarong Show as part of the week-long celebration of Singkaban Fiesta.
Photo Credit
The Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation, Inc. (BKFI) is a resident theater company of the Province of Bulacan.  Since its creation in 1980, the group has created an impressive body of original works and developed a program of sustainability thru LGU support and audience development.  Since 1987, BKFI consistently mounted two Theater Laboratory Workshops a year that runs for 4 months and produces two one-act-plays. It serves as the Theater School in Bulacan.  In September 2007, BKFI created the Bulacan Arts, Culture and History Institute or BACH Institute to develop the vast and rich heritage of the province through training, research and other educational programs. In 2004, BKFI was conferred the “GAWAD CCP PARA SA SINING” for its outstanding contributions in theater development in the region.  Through the years, the company has earned the respect of theater artists and critics all over the country.  Acknowledged too is the discipline of BKFI’s actors and their work in putting together a Filipino repertoire, in instituting and promoting community theater and in promoting the culture and tradition of the region thru its productions.

LAHING Batangan Dance Troupe from Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas performs the ‘Maria Clara dance.’ Photo credit RICHARD A. REYES/ Inquirer
Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe, the official folk dance company of the Lyceum of the Philippines University (Batangas), marks more than 15 years of promoting the rich and colorful culture of the Philippines thru music, dance and songs.  Founded in 1995, the group is already a veteran of international performance tours as it showcased its cultural brilliance in folklore festivals in Italy, Malaysia and South Korea. The group had exceptionally made its mark in the national cultural map through the various CCP and NCCA projects.  Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe had already staged four major dance concerts showcasing full-length all-Filipino repertoire in their home ground and has represented the Philippines in five major international festivals: August 2008- International Folkdance Festival (Italy); April 2010- XIII Melaka Drum Festival (Malaysia); October 2011- Asian & Oceania Folklore Festival (South Korea); July 2012- 7th Sabah International Folklore Festival (Malaysia); October 2013- Anseong Baudeogi Folkdance Festival (South Korea)

NAMCYA winner Baao Children & Youth Choir performance at PASINAYA festival in CCP. The 10th edition expanded to the National Museum and Metropolitan Museum and other establishments last March 16, 2014.
Caption and Photo Credit Jude Bautista
The Baao Children and Youth Choir is a community and church based choir composed of students from Rosary School Inc. and Baao National High School Special Program in the Arts. It was organized in 2003 and became a national finalist in the NAMCYA Children’s Choir Competition in 2004 and 2007. In 2008, the choir bagged the 1st Place and the “Best Interpretation of the Contest Piece” in the National Finals of the NAMCYA.  In early 2011, the choir was invited to sing at “Festejos” and held concerts at the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences and Faith Academy Theater together with Yaeneoul Children’s Choir from Korea.  The choir was the Philippine representative to the 1st International Children and Arts Festival in Kuala Lumpur last December 2011. The following year, the choir competed in the 18thCertamen Juvenil de Habaneras in Torrevieja, Spain and won the Grand Prize. The National Commission for Culture and The Arts conferred to the Choir the Ani ng Dangal Award for Music in March 2013.  Last October 2013, the choir competed in the 9th Busan Choral Festival and Competition and won 3rd Place in the Ethnic and Youth Choir Category. They also qualified in the Grand Prix and bagged the Audience Prize Award. From August 6-September 3, 2014, the Baao Children and Youth Choir will have its 4th International Tour to the United States and will represent the Philippines in the 15th Mundial de Coros in Puebla, Mexico.

The outreach performance tour in Iloilo City is being presented in partnership with the Municipality of Santa Barbara and SM CITY Iloilo. Performance will be on Sept. 28, 2014 at 4pm at Cinema 6 of SM City Iloilo. For more details please contact the Santa Barbara Centennial Museum at 523-8551.
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