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GMA Kapuso Foundation, Cebu Pacific bring education to Filipino children

Broadcast journalist Mel Tiangco has covered various stories throughout her illustrious career as a radio announcer, news anchor and television host, but nothing makes her heart soar more than leading the Kapuso Foundation and its worthwhile endeavors.


 Among the projects that give her the most joy is Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan (UHSK), a project that provides backpacks and complete sets of school supplies to Grade 1 pupils in remote areas across the Philippines. The broadcaster started UHSK in 1997, after coming across an article saying that a lot of students drop out of school because they lacked the necessary materials. “Kids would feel embarrassed or less motivated to learn because they didn’t even have paper and pencils,” she shared. “It was a big realization because these are things that some of us tend to take for granted, but to some children thismeans a lot.” 


 On its first year, UHSK prepared school bags for more than 600 students in Metro Manila. Since then, it has grown to …

Tycoon Andrew Tan takes the ‘ALS Ice Bucket Challenge’

Heeding the worldwide call to raise funds in the fight against ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), or commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, Megaworld chair Dr. Andrew L. Tan becomes the first Filipino tycoon to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon that aims to spread ALS awareness around the world.


Dr. Tan's participation in the challenge was proactive and voluntary on his part. (See video)
"I support the important cause of the ALS Association to promote awareness about Lou Gehrig's Disease that is a threat to humanity. That is why I'm here to take this Ice Bucket Challenge, and at the same time, I will make a donation to the movement," he said on video recorded in his house on August 25.
As a tradition to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Dr. Tan nominates three personalities from the business community to do the same: Dr. Steven DeKrey, president of Asian Institute of Management; Mr. Manolito Tayag, country head of Accenture Philippines; and Kenneth…

Iloilo’s jail museum up before APEC

The century-old edifice that once hosts thousands of prisoners here will be transformed into a museum before the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Ministerial Meeting on September 2015.
Director Jeremy Barns, along with Dr. Ana Labrador, of the National Museum disclosed this during their meeting with Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. on Thursday, August 21.

Barns said converting the old Iloilo Rehabilitation Center into a regional extension museum-gallery of the National Museum will serve as their flagship project for 2015.
A whooping P80-million budget from the national coffers has been set aside and will be co-mingled with the province’s P19-million budget to realize the project.
Defensor said they expect the bidding for the restoration of the old jail to commence within three weeks following the modification of its architectural design by next week.
“The design created by Architect Guillermo Hisancha has to be consulted with the architects of the National Museum first,” Defensor said.
The usu…

Alliance Global: PH’s biggest hotel developer by 2020

Hotel rooms expected to reach 12,000 in the next six years;  to accommodate 2M tourists annually
Andrew Tan-led conglomerate, Alliance Global Group, Inc. (AGI), bares plans to aggressively expand its hotel business in the Philippines in the next six years.

Speaking at the Philippines Property Awards 2014 in Makati City, Alliance Global Group chair Dr. Andrew L. Tan revealed that the group will have a total of 12,000 hotel rooms in its portfolio all over the country by 2020.
“By the year 2020, we envision our group to be the largest hotel developer in the Philippines, with a total portfolio of around 12,000 hotel rooms. These hotel rooms will be offered under 12 different local and global hotel brands. The Alliance Global Group, Inc. brands include Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Westin, Okura and Maxims,” Tan said.
Currently, the group has built 1,900 rooms in its existing hotels namely: Richmonde Hotel Ortigas; Eastwood Richmonde Hotel; Marriott Hotel, Maxims Hotel and Remington Hotel in Newp…

Ballet Philippines to perform in SM City Iloilo

You may support the SM Cares Housing Project by watching  Ballet Philippines’ show in SM City Iloilo on August 24, 2014 , 4PM at SM Cinema 6.
SM City Iloilo is proud to bring to Ilonggos another unparalleled performance by the country's flagship company in ballet and contemporary dance, Ballet Philippines.
The world-class offering on August 24, 4PM at the SM Cinema 6 is for the city of Iloilo which is celebrating its 77th Charter Day.


Ballet Philippines was founded in 1969 by Alice Reyes with the support of Eddie Elejar and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Every year, the dance company introduces the community to varied outreach and educational programs that promote love for music and visual arts.
Ballet Philippines boasts of over 400 excellent works and a repertory that is unparalleled in Asia. Their works revolve on Filipino folklore and social issues that reflect the Filipinos’ rich and diverse cultural heritage.


Meanwhile, proceeds of the show will benefit the SM Cares Hous…

Physicians uses Smart app to screen amputees

Nine months ago, when Typhoon Yolanda — one of the world's most powerful typhoons ever recorded — hit Tacloban, hundreds of thousands of people's lives were forever changed. These include survivors who lost their loved ones, those who were left homeless, and those who lost a limb to accidents caused by the typhoon.

Thanks to the prostheses mission organized recently in Tacloban City by the Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine (PARM), in cooperation with partners, at the Remedios Trinidad Romualdez hospital, many amputee-survivors will be given a new lease on life through the Walking Free Program of Physicians for Peace (PfP).  
With the help of the Amputee Screening through Cellphone Networking (ASCENT) mobile app, which PfP started using in 2010, the screening process greatly improved. 
Whereas the regular screening process of paper and pen would take one whole day, ASCENT enabled the PFP team to finish the screening and prostheses measurement in Tacloban within four ho…

PH goes ‘5G’; Smart fires up LTE-Advanced

Two years after it pioneered the deployment of Long-Term Evolution (LTE) or 4G technology in the country, wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) announced that 5G wireless technology LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), is now running in the Philippines’ largest and strongest network.

Smart switched on LTE-A at the Smart Jump Center in Mandaluyong City recently, setting the next phase of mobile communication technology beyond 4G LTE standards.
LTE-A, referred to as ‘5G’ by reports on leading global mobile operators AT&T and T-Mobile, delivers data from between 100 megabits per second (mbps) to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps), or ten times faster than 3G services and more than twice as fast as 4G services.
By firing up LTE-A technology on its network, Smart joins only a handful of carriers around the world with an LTE-A network, along with leading mobile operators in South Korea, United States, Singapore, Australia, and Hong Kong.
“Even as our 3G and 4G networks continue to be unriva…

Agro-eco tourism site GAIA to rise in Zarraga

As a result of its sustainable integrated area development (SIAD) process, the town of Zarraga finally breaks ground, August 10, for Garden Area for Initiatives in Action (GAIA), an agro-eco tourism site that includes a research farm, a green house, vermin-composting facility, organic agriculture center and other sustainability-aligned activities.
“It will be a dynamic showcase for walking the talk in caring for the planet. It will be a place to visit by Zarraganhons and non-Zarraganhons alike, to learn for students and farmers, and to enjoy for the whole family,” said Mayor John Tarrosa.
GAIA has nine components. First is the research farm, which will be the venue for all crop related researches while utilizing organic agriculture technologies that will help farmers increase their income.
Second is the model farm, which will be the site for testing and showcasing organic agriculture technologies prior to their implementation in the various organic farming communities.
Third is the Iloilo…

Megaworld 1H 2014 profits rise 289% to P16.4B

Megaworld, the Philippines’ leading property developer and the no. 1 office developer and landlord, posted a net income of P16.44-billion (inclusive of the P11.62-billion non-recurring gain from the acquisition and sale of subsidiary and associate) for the first half of 2014, 289-percent higher than the P4.23-billion 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; and higher leasing income from its office and retail portfolio.


“I am confident that Megaworld can sustain its core growth momentum as we continuously expand all business segments in our townships across the country,” says Dr. Andrew L. Tan, chairman and CEO, Megaworld.
On the other hand, Megaworld’s rental income from office developments and lifestyle malls surged to a record P3.44 billion in first half 2014, 22 percent higher than P2.83 billion same period in 2013.


Total revenues of Megaworld, together with …

Malaysian Hotels offer Supervisory Course

The Malaysian Association of Hotels Training and Education Centre (MAHTEC) is inviting hospitality management, hotel and restaurant management and tourism graduates to enroll in a six month supervisory program in Malaysia.
MAHTEC general manager Sahak Ahmed said that participants will undergo an intensive 30-day program before participating in a full time supervisory internship allowing them to be Certified Hospitality Supervisory Programme (CHSP) awardees.


He also added that the program is ideal for holders of relevant degrees in the hospitality and tourism sectors, below the age of 26, and wishing to obtain supervisory skills training. The certificate offered will be advantageous, as both Malaysia and the Philippines, head towards the ASEAN integration in 2015.
MAHTEC has opened its training facilities and programs to students and young professionals from other countries. In the Philippines, it has tied up through, it's training partner AXSEL Management International Sdn Bhd and lo…