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Smart employees climb for a cause

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City folks and office workers are being encouraged to ditch the elevator and take the stairs for healthier living. But a group of employees of wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) decided to level up the activity by climbing stairs to raise funds for a learning advocacy program.
Dozens of Smart employees recently scouted for financial pledges and took on the 33 storeys of the company’s Makati headquarters for The Storytelling Project (TSP), which aims to instill the love for reading among Filipino children in remote communities. Sponsors pledged to donate a particular amount for every 11 floors conquered by the participants, who then went on to finish as many loops as they could.
At the end of the Stair Climb Challenge organized by the Smart Mountaineering Club (SMC), participants and sponsors were able to contribute enough money to help TSP become a formally registered nongovernment organization and spread the love for learning to more Pinoy kids.
TSP founders and former…

Global-Estate Center of Excellence launched

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Global-Estate Resorts Inc. (GERI), a leading developer of master-planned tourism estates in the Philippines and a subsidiary of Megaworld, recently launched the Global-Estate Center of Excellence, a human resources program that provides employees with opportunities for learning and professional development. The program offers training modules to empower and equip employees with skills and knowledge for future leadership and business sustainability. Shown in photo during the launch are Lourdes Gutierrez-Alfonso, chief operating officer, Megaworld, and Atty. Ferdinand Santos, president, Global-Estate Resorts Inc. 

Ratsada’s Huesca and Garvilles win SM Super Awards for Media

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GMA Iloilo’s Ratsada Senior Correspondent Joecel Huesca and Video Journalist Melvin Garvilles were among a handful of SM SUPER (Salute to Unparalleled People, Endeavors, and Resources) Awardees for Media for their exceptional coverage and courage during  typhoon Yolanda in November last year.  In a ceremony held at the SMX Theater of SM Mall of Asia on May 19, Huesca and Garvilles received their trophies from SM Foundation Inc.
Huesca and Garvilles  were cited for their coverage in Estancia, one of the towns projected in Yolanda’s path. When the devastation began, communication lines went down and trees and power posts fell to the road which led them to be stranded in a barangay outpost.  There, they had to literally sleep beside a corpse to keep safe and had to share whatever little provision they had with other victims.  They returned to the  GMA Iloilo station  after more than 24 hours of being incommunicado, a situation that previously prompted GMA News’ management to organize a se…

How models are made

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If you are gifted with a tall and slender physique, then couple it with an enthusiasm to learn and a good attitude, you have a good chance of becoming a model.
Thanks to modeling agencies such as Bijoux Creatives, young men and women’s dream of becoming models has become a reality.
Founded in November 2011, Bijoux Creatives is Iloilo City’s first modeling and events agency that provide models for fashion shows, editorials, commercials and ads. They also provide models for events such as ad launches and brand promotions, among others.
Bijoux Creatives also manages the biggest fashion event in Iloilo, the annual Iloilo Designers Week with the support of its affiliates, the Designers Guild of Iloilo and the Iloilo Young Designers Guild.
It was founded by Krizia Penalosa, a former English instructor for Asian students. She has a background in business management and English education. “I am an educator by heart - that is why one of the vital characteristics of our agency lies in the training …

5 stories on creativity

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An Ilonggo councilor has highlighted the need to get out of the mindset that the government is the only entity that offers solutions to the country’s pressing problems.
To drive home the point, Iloilo City Councilor Jason Gonzales  shared five stories of creativity to participants of the Liwanag Worldfest 2014, a three-day conference on creating a solution ecosystem around disaster last March.
POTHOLES “In the United States and the Philippines, street potholes are a problem. The process of identifying where they are and filling them up is expensive because you need to get a team of engineers and some people to go around the city and identify where these potholes are,” he said.

However, in Boston, United States, the New Urban Mechanics under the Office of the Boston Mayor, created the “Help Keep Your Street Smooth” project, which makes use of a mobile app called Street Bump.
“Street Bump can be downloaded by anyone. When you go around, you identify the potholes through the app and send…

Travel to Spain and trace Filipino flavors

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Not known to settle for what’s on the surface, Lifestyle Network host Chef Sandy Daza has chosen to take a food trip all the way to a country from which our own local cuisine has derived much of its flavors, winding up all the way to Spain in this Sunday’s (June 1) episode of FoodPrints.

Chef Sandy traces the origins of favorite dishes that the Filipino people have come to call their own, such as paella, cochinillo, cocido, ensaimada, empanada, and a whole smorgasbord of familiarly delicious Spanish food.



Traveling with his sister Nina Daza, Sandy meets Spanish foodies, American tour guides, chefs, cooks, fellow kababayans, and all kinds of residents who show Sandy why Spaniards are so passionate about their cuisine, and teach Sandy how to eat like a Spaniard.

Sandy’s first stop is the capital city of Spain, Madrid—the melting pot of cuisines in the country. There, he discovers dishes that are perfect to eat on rainy days. He also drops by a well-known bakery known for its mouth-water…

Megaworld expands Eastwood City to 18.5 hectares

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Amid growing property demand, Megaworld to build more office  & residential towers, and more commercial spaces
Property giant Megaworld is expanding Eastwood City, its first township in the Philippines and the country’s first cyberpark, to an additional 1.5 hectares amid growing demand for office and commercial spaces in the township.
The company has acquired a property located on the eastern part of the township (along Eastwood Palmtree Avenue) beside the Eastwood Le Grand Tower 3. This aggressive township expansion brings the total land area of Eastwood City to 18.5 hectares.


“The tremendous success of Eastwood City as the country’s first cyberpark and premiere township has attracted thousands of Filipinos to live here, hundreds of IT and BPO (Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing) companies to operate here, and thousands of visitors and shoppers to enjoy what life in Eastwood can offer. We have envisioned the expansion of this township years ago, and now, it is h…

Smart powers Wikimedia’s PH cultural heritage mapping project

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Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) recently supported Wikimedia’s first Philippine cultural heritage mapping activity, which was held to help document and preserve the cultural sites in the country.
Conducted in partnership with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the event was organized by Wikimedia Philippines, one of the 40 local chapters of the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia.


Around 50 volunteers from all over the country were selected to undergo the three-day workshop. Each volunteer was expected to document and map at least 50 heritage sites in his/her respective location for 355 days following the workshop. The mapping activity was also done in light of the country’s vulnerability to destructive disasters like Super Typhoon Yolanda that can damage invaluable heritage structures.
Smart provided connectivity and gave away prizes for the teams with best outputs du…

Farmers trained on bamboo lamination

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Five clusters of people’s organization based in Maasin, Iloilo benefited from the recently concluded on field hands on training in the usage of the newly-acquired mechanical press for the production of different bamboo woven products, specifically the laminated coasters and panel boards.


Entitled “Production and Marketing of Bamboo Woven Products: Enhancing on Business Enterprise through Technomart in Maasin, Iloilo,” the project was funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARD) supported by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources VI – Ecosystems Research and Development Service (ERDS) under the project leadership of Dr. Alicia L. Lustica, Regional Technical Director for Research.
Fifty farmers from Daja Association for Environmental Protection (DAEP), Bolo Environmental Association, Dagami Association for Watershed Protection (DAWP), Buntalan Association for Livelihood and Environmental Protection and the A…

Preventing domestic violence, child abuse in bunkhouses

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“Being a father is not just a term. Fathers are partners in running the households and bringing up the children,” said Ronnie Fuentes, 36, father of three children.
Ronnie, one of the occupants of the bunkhouses for typhoon and oil spill victims in Barangay Gogo, Estancia, Iloilo made this reaction after attending a “session for fathers” held right at the bunkhouses recently.
Being the only one who earns a living for the family, Ronnie, a fisherman, admitted he sometimes forget that he has also a responsibility to fulfil as a husband and a father.
Good thing there is a lecture like this. We have learned a lot about our obligations as fathers,” he added.

‘Men talking to men’
At least 35 fathers attended the lecture conducted by a team composed of mostly menfrom the DSWD regional office, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and the Empowerment and Reaffirmation of Paternal Abilities Training (ERPAT) conducted at the Estancia bunkhouses.
During the activity it w…

Companies involved in text spams beware

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Globe Telecom launched a campaign to crack down on companies involved in sending unsolicited text advertisements, commonly known as text spam as the telecommunications provider intensifies campaign against such annoying text messages.
The telecommunications provider asked the National Telecommunications Commission to order Caritas Shield Inc. the payment of the appropriate fines and penalties for sending text spam to Globe subscribers. Globe also asked the NTC to permanently bar Caritas, its agents and employees from sending these spam texts to Globe customers.  Globe General Counsel Froilan Castelo said other companies whose agents employ marketing strategies that involve sending text spams will be dealt with similarly.  


                In the complaint filed against Caritas with the NTC, Globe said Caritas should be immediately stopped from sending text spams and asked that a cease and desist order be issued by the regulatory body against Caritas.
                As a prepaid subsc…

New homes up for ‘Yolanda’ victims in Iloilo

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Sharing a good news from the Iloilo Provincial Capitol
ILOILO – Sixty-one housing units from a South Korea’s rural development movement are being build to provide new and improved shelters to homeless typhoon victims here.
Costing P60,000 each, these housing units by Saemaul Undong (New Village Movement) are situated in four villages in Bingawan and San Dionisio, according to Provincial Planning and Development Office Chief Mario Nillos.
“The construction of these housing units is ongoing at the moment and we hope that we can finish this by the end of the month,” Nillos, also the president of Philippine Saemaul Undong Center Inc., said in an interviewon Tuesday.
Of the 61 units, 20 are in Brgy. Alabidhan, six in Brgy. Maganhop (Bingawan), another 20 in Brgy. Moto and 15 in Bondolan (San Dionisio).
Each unit has two rooms, a small kitchen and comfort room. Galvanized iron sheets are being used for the roof, marine plywood for the wall and cement or concrete for the floor.
A formal turning ov…

‘Pantawid’ moms embrace roles beyond the home

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THEY are ordinary women who go through the daily routines of being a housewife and mother.
Given the opportunity however, Elma Alavaro and Jocelyn Almado of Panay, Capiz proved that they too, could find fulfillment in the roles they learned to embrace. That is, to serve others.
NANG ELMA Her life once centered on being a housewife and a mother. When her four children were growing up, Elma Alavaro would also help her husband earn a living by working in the farm. All her efforts were focused on taking care of her children and providing their needs.

But in 2011, Elma’s family became a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). With more than 2,000 beneficiaries in Panay, Capiz, parent leaders from among Program grantees were identified to assist DSWD-hired Municipal Links (ML) particularly on disseminating information about Pantawid Pamilya.
Nang Elma, as she is fondly called, was readily chosen by her fellow grantees to…