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Big discounts, exciting deals in 3-day SM Seaside sale

Get huge discounts on top brands like Cath Kidston, Guess, Ziya, Clinique, Sperry, Florsheim Kids USA, Onesimus, Mizuno, All Flip-Flops and other stylish finds at The Great Seaside Sale on…

Get huge discounts on top brands like Cath Kidston, Guess, Ziya, Clinique, Sperry, Florsheim Kids USA, Onesimus, Mizuno, All Flip-Flops and other stylish finds at The Great Seaside Sale on April 13, 14, and 15.

Alberto, Pabder, Arrow, Pacsafe, Urbanize, and Dickies are offering up to 70 percent off on selected items during the three-day sale at SM Seaside City Cebu.

Top shops like Izod, Van Heusen, Oro Italia, Saturday Dress, Islands Souvenirs, Terranova, Calliope, Mango, Gold Creation, Hush Puppies, Time Depot, Onesimus, Primadonna, Ziya, Oro China, The Face Shop are offering half the price off on certain products and pieces.

Other great deals: lip bundling promo at MAC Cosmetics; discounts by Geox, Seiko, Levi’s, Sperry, Parfois, M. Lhuillier Jewellers, Unisilver, Hannah’s, St. Paul’s, Perfect Secret, Onitsuka Tiger, Eye Society, and ME&U; buy one, get one on all items at Yves Rocher; save and spend promo at Forever 21.

Enjoy big markdowns when you shop during The Great Seaside Sale and get a chance to bring home a brand new Suzuki Celerio during the grand raffle draw at 10 p.m. on April 15.

More deals for Advantage, Prestige, BDO Rewards members

SM Advantage, SM Prestige and BDO Rewards members enjoy exclusive deals when they shop at The SM Store and other participating SM affiliate stores:

Prestige Friday

There’s an extra 10 percent off for SM Prestige and BDO Rewards Diamond members when they shop at The SM Store, Ace Hardware, Our Home, Kultura, Toy Kingdom, Surplus Shop, Uniqlo, Forever 21, SM Appliance Center, Sports Central, Crocs, Levi’s, Miniso, and The Baby Company for the whole day of April 13.

SMAC Saturday

SM Advantage, SM Prestige, BDO Rewards members also get 10 percent off on top of sale discounts from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday when they shop at The SM Store, Ace Hardware, Our Home, Kultura, Toy Kingdom, Surplus Shop, Uniqlo, Forever 21, SM Appliance Center, Sports Central, Crocs, Levi’s, Miniso, and The Baby Company.

Sunday Special

SM Advantage, SM Prestige, BDO Rewards members get an additional 10 percent discount when they shop from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday at The SM Store, Ace Hardware, Kultura, Levi’s, Miniso, Sports Central, and Surplus Shop.

Free, discounted rides to SM Seaside City

Thinking of using Grab to get to SM Seaside City sale? Get P50 off on your ride by using the promo code SMSEASIDE50.

There will also be free MyBus rides to SM Seaside City at hourly intervals from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at the following routes:

Fuente Osmeña-V. Rama-N. Bacalso-SM Seaside City
Pick-up and drop-off at BDO Fuente and SM Seaside City and pick-up only at V. Rama Skywalk (USC South Campus) and N. Bacalso Ave. Skywalk (Salazar Institute of Technology)

Fuente Osmeña-Banawa-Labangon-N. Bacalso-SM Seaside City Cebu
Pick-up and drop-off points at BDO Fuente and SM Seaside City; pick-up only at Petron Gas Station and Paseo Arcenas along R. Duterte St., Katipunan St. Skywalk near Labangon Elementary School, N. Bacalso Ave. Skywalk near Salazar Institute of Technology; drop-off only at N. Bacalso Ave. Skywalk along B. Aranas Extension and V. Rama Ave. Skywalk near USC South Campus.

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Ian in 3 Acts in Cebu

Versatile actor Ian Veneracion will show another side of him to Cebuanos this coming April 21. Ian will be staging a concert dubbed “Ian in 3 Acts” at the Waterfront…

Versatile actor Ian Veneracion will show another side of him to Cebuanos this coming April 21. Ian will be staging a concert dubbed “Ian in 3 Acts” at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

Ian Veneracion Cebu concert

Ian in 3 Acts is on April 21 at 8pm, featuring LA Santos and special guests. Tickets are available in Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino and SM Customer Service counters. For ticket inquiries, call 232-6888 or 0915 535 3873. (Press Release)

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Smart wins Grand Prix, Grand Anvil at Oscars of PR

Smart Communications maintained its winning streak at the Anvil Awards, receiving top honors for the third straight year at the Oscars of public relations in the Philippines. In a ceremony…

Smart Communications maintained its winning streak at the Anvil Awards, receiving top honors for the third straight year at the Oscars of public relations in the Philippines.

In a ceremony held recently in Taguig, Smart won the Grand Prix Award for having the highest number of Gold Anvils this year. The company also got the Grand Anvil recognition for SHINE OS+ (Secured Health Information Network and Exchange), an electronic medical record system that enables health facilities to provide faster and better service to their patients. The Grand Anvil is given to the most outstanding public relations program of the year.

The Anvil Awards has been conducted annually for 53 years by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines.

Anvil Awards

ANVIL AWARDS. Smart representatives – led by Chief Financial Officer Chaye Cabal-Revilla (center), SVP for consumer business market development Oscar Reyes Jr., and public affairs FVP Mon Isberto – receive Anvil awards last March 23 at Shangri-La Fort.

Smart received Gold Anvils for the following corporate social responsibility, employee engagement, and customer service programs:

SHINE OS+, an open system that allows developers to create plugins addressing the various needs of health workers. Among the plugins created are a system that automates the sending of reminder SMS to diabetes patients, and a plugin that enables nurses in Nepal to collect health surveillance and preparedness data during and after disasters.

Learning as One Nation, an effort to help improve the Department of Education’s Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE) program in General Santos and Sarangani. Smart is helping develop an app that teaches Arabic language and values, while promoting independent learning among ALIVE students through the Dynamic Learning Program created by Ramon Magsaysay Awardees Dr. Christopher Bernido and Dr. Ma. Victoria Carpio-Bernido.

School-in-a-Bag, a learning package donated to public schools in remote areas without electricity. The donation includes a solar panel, mobile devices, digital educational content, teacher training, and monitoring.

TNT Tropang Ready Caravan, which inculcates disaster preparedness among college students and encourages them to promote preparedness in their respective communities

Smart Saturdays, a program where employees pay a participation fee to watch blockbuster movies with their families and colleagues. The participation fees are then used to donate School-in-a-Bag units to underserved schools.

Smart Chatbot, a tool on Facebook Messenger that enables Smart customers to view their billing statements and remaining balance, subscribe to promos, purchase eLoad, and request to chat with an agent.

Meanwhile, Smart’s Silver Anvil awardees are Smart Bro’s Bond Like Never Before campaign which encourages parents to use mobile technology to bond with their children, Doon Po Sa Amin Storytelling Caravan which promotes local storytelling for Filipino children, the Paskong Pinoy yearend celebration for employees, the PLDT Group’s efforts to transform its corporate culture to support its digital pivot, the Smart Communities Facebook page which provides information about Smart’s CSR programs, and Smart Millenniors which engages the youth to guide their elders on the use of mobile devices and the internet.

The Silver Anvil list also includes Smart Paywall, a web tool that helps Smart Bro customers avoid unwanted mobile internet charges; Smart TechnoCart, a donation package similar to the School-in-a-Bag that targets more urban communities and contains more devices; the SWEEP (Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program) Awards which encourages students to create innovations solving real problems; the TNT App and TNT Online Store which make it easier for TNT customers to complete transactions; and TNT Tropa Trip, a nationwide summer road show promoting the Choose Your Tropa Apps promo. (Press Release)

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Fujitsu PH expands array of cloud solutions, services in VisMin

Fujitsu Philippines, Inc., a leading Information Technology (IT) systems integrator and solutions provider, is strengthening its array of cloud offerings in Visayas and Mindanao amid the growing market demands in…

Fujitsu Philippines, Inc., a leading Information Technology (IT) systems integrator and solutions provider, is strengthening its array of cloud offerings in Visayas and Mindanao amid the growing market demands in the region.

According to Raul “Cricket” Santiago III, president and CEO of Fujitsu Philippines, the VisMin markets sustained a stellar development, especially that their “next wave cities” like Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Davao offer the necessary infrastructure, security, labor pool, and government policies, that attract investors to grow their businesses in the region.

Cloud solutions

“As these markets continue to thrive, organizations of all sizes across all industry sectors are realizing the importance of moving to new cloud models,” added Santiago. To support the goals of these organizations, this year, Fujitsu Philippines sets to offer a more comprehensive range of trusted cloud solutions not just for its growing number of customers, but also for potential clients in the area.

Fujitsu cloud

CLOUD SOLUTIONS. Fujitsu Philippines Sales Director for Visayas-Mindanao Terry Ybanez, Managed Services and Cloud Mark Pandy, Marketing Director Marje Balbuena and Marketing Associate Erika Garcia.

“Our goal is really to bring our global cloud expertise closer to organizations in Visayas and Mindanao, which need a wide array of solutions and services for their IT requirements,” said Santiago. “We want to work with them, together with our systems integration partners, in ensuring the deployment of solutions that tackle their IT challenges and maximize their business potential.”

At present, Fujitsu Philippines has two cloud infrastructures present in the country, one in Metro Manila and the other in Metro Cebu, making it more reliable and compliant with industry standards.

Satellite offices

Aside from these data centers, the company also has a satellite office in Davao, which was opened last year, and in Sta. Rosa in Laguna.

Fujitsu Philippines offers public, private, and hybrid cloud offerings, geared towards helping companies achieve the success of their cloud adoption more rapidly, at lower costs, and with greater agility. It also extends standardized IT services, which can be used within a short lead time without having to deal with complex hardware and software.

For enterprises that need to implement their own cloud infrastructure, Fujitsu Philippines also offers pre-integrated and tested infrastructures for faster implementation and earlier savings with minimum cost outlay.

“With over 40 years of relevant experience in the local market, Fujitsu has already established positive results for our cloud customers nationwide. We want to continue shaping a better future in these emerging and markets by driving business agility, greatest cost-efficiencies, and rapid innovation for organizations, wherever they may be in their cloud adoption journey,” said Santiago.

Aside from cloud solutions and services, Fujitsu Philippines also provides businesses with cutting-edge IT solutions and services nationwide. It has also made Japanese IT design and technology available through its server, storage, and scanning hardware and solutions.

To know more about Fujitsu Philippines, Inc., visit the website at http://www.fujitsu.com/ph.

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Mega Cebu conducts training on traffic management

Mega Cebu, in partnership with the Cebu Provincial Government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau 7 (DENR-EMB 7) started the Metro Cebu Traffic Administration…

Mega Cebu, in partnership with the Cebu Provincial Government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau 7 (DENR-EMB 7) started the Metro Cebu Traffic Administration Certificate Course Training on Monday, April 2, at the Golden Prince Hotel & Suites.

The training was conducted with the assistance of the University of the Philippines – National Center for Transportation Studies (UP NCTS). The 5-day training course, which will run until Friday, targets traffic administrators and managers as well as city and municipal planners from Metro Cebu LGUs, national government agencies, and representatives from transport groups and the private sector.

The purpose of the Traffic Administration Course is to orient participants on the principles and rationale of transportation planning and traffic engineering and management. Lectures and workshops were designed to enhance the understanding of the topics covered during the lectures and case discussions. This will give the trainees a chance to practice basic transportation planning and traffic management skills and demonstrate their competence to provide possible solutions to traffic-related problems.

Eight experts and lecturers primarily from the UP NCTS headed by UP NCTS Director Dr. Ma. Sheilah G. Napalang and former Undersecretary of Department of Transportation and Communications (currently DoTr) Dr. Primitivo C. Cal were tapped for the course.

Mega Cebu traffic training

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT. Dr. Hilario Sean O. Palmiano, one of the lecturers from UP NCTS, talks about Traffic Engineering and Management during the Metro Cebu Traffic Administration Certificate Course Training on April 2 at the Golden Prince Hotel & Suites.

The training is part of Mega Cebu’s ongoing initiative to establish the Metro Cebu Traffic Enforcers Academy, which aims to standardize the functions and the competencies of a Traffic Enforcer, which will be a first in the Philippines. The Subcommittee on Transport and Traffic Management of the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board Research, Program and Organizational  took on complying with two strategic requirements.

First is the institutionalization of the academy through the help of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in Central Visayas. Second is the competency development of the first batch of MCTEA trainers before taking the Trainers Methodology 1 of TESDA.

Attendance in the training by UP NCTS is part of the pre-qualification criteria to be part of the first batch of MCTEA trainers who will take TESDA’s trainers methodology training.

Governor Hilario Davide III, Chairperson of the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB), emphasized in his welcome remarks the importance of standardizing traffic policies and synchronizing the traffic laws in Metro Cebu to address the worsening problem on traffic.

On the other hand, DENR EMB 7 Director William Cuñado said in his welcome speech that with the implementation of better traffic management, the pollution of the metropolitan area will be minimized since traffic congestion occurrence will be decreased thru proactive enforcement of mitigating measures.

Dr. Sheila Napalang, on her part, shared that the traffic situation in the urban areas will be alleviated if only the road users are kind to each other, meaning the drivers are disciplined and courteous to each other and the pedestrians obey the pedestrian traffic rules and regulations at all times. (Press Release)

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Eggciting Easter at Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu

Families are in for magical fun and delectable delights at Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu on Easter Sunday, April 1, as the hotel sets a fairytale-themed celebration called Eggciting…

Families are in for magical fun and delectable delights at Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu on Easter Sunday, April 1, as the hotel sets a fairytale-themed celebration called Eggciting Easter.

Eggciting Easter will feature a variety of children’s activities including face-painting, a magic show, balloon twisting, DIY cupcake art and film showing inside Pusô Bistro & Bar. It will culminate with an egg hunt at the breezy and open-air 7th-floor poolside. Children’s activities will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is at P500 net per child inclusive of lunch buffet.

Everyone in the family will likewise enjoy indulging in Pusô Bistro & Bar’s Easterrific Feast, a holiday spread featuring hearty mains, Easter-inspired pastries and desserts, homemade pasta, fresh salads, sumptuous barbecues and more. Easterrific Feast is available for lunch at P700 net per person and for dinner at P850 net per person.

On top of the spread, guests may also raise a toast to the day’s celebration with Cheers to Easter. On the day there will be a Wine & Beer Buffet available at P500++ per person and Free-Flowing Sparkling Wine and Mimosa at P450++ per person.

It is an extremely ‘eggciting’ celebration at Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu on Easter Sunday. For inquiries or reservations, guests may call +6332 402 5999 or follow Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu and Pusô Bistro & Bar on Facebook and Instagram. (Press Release)

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Smart powers PH Red Cross-Nokia disaster response solution

PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications will provide high-speed connectivity for a drone system that will help boost the disaster response efforts of the Philippine Red Cross. The drone system, which…

PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications will provide high-speed connectivity for a drone system that will help boost the disaster response efforts of the Philippine Red Cross.

The drone system, which will operate on Smart’s frequencies during times of emergency, is part of Nokia Saving Lives, a program that aims to provide communications technology and technical assistance to emergency response teams.

The initiative was showcased in Barcelona, Spain, at the recent Mobile World Congress organized by GSMA, an organization of nearly 800 operators and more than 300 mobile companies all over the world.

Drone system

The system consists of drones, a portable data center, a mobile broadband network, and applications like video streaming, gas sensing, mapping, and analytics, which can help Red Cross responders assess current status of lifelines and analyze immediate needs and gaps. This will enable Red Cross to provide emergency assistance to communities in more timely, effective and efficient ways.

Using Smart’s high-speed LTE connectivity and Nokia’s portable Ultra Compact Network, the system can also create a secure communication between drones, other equipment, and rescue team members.

The drone can be equipped with different types of cameras, sensors and speakers, and can also be used to carry first aid kits. The portable data center, meanwhile, is a computing and storage unit that can be used for immediate data analysis.

Smart, Red Cross, Nokia

PARTNERSHIP. Representatives of Philippine Red Cross, Smart Communications and Nokia meet for the drone project. From left, PRC disaster response and chapter support unit head Archieval Molos, operations center manager May Carol Layugan, Finnish Red Cross country delegate Juan Daniel Reyes, Smart community partnerships’ Joyce Panaligan and Mary Jane Francisco, PRC disaster management services manager Resty Lou Talamayan, Smart community partnerships senior manager Nova Concepcion, Nokia Philippines chief technology officer Timothy Senathirajah, and Nokia Manila Technology Center’s Lawrence Madriaga and Kenneth Pingca.

Improve emergency response

Nicolas Bouverot, head of market unit Asia South, said: “Nokia is committed to using technology to make people’s lives better. With our Nokia Manila Technology Center, we’re honored to collaborate with Smart and the Philippine Red Cross in this disaster management enhancement project utilizing LTE connected drones in Philippines, helping the country improve emergency response, and save lives.”

“We are happy to be part of this project by providing vital communications support for the operations of the drones. This project is in line with our commitment to deploy tech innovations for the benefit of communities, particularly during times of disasters,” said PLDT and Smart public affairs head Ramon R. Isberto.

Smart is one of the three founding signatories of GSMA’s Human Connectivity Charter. The HCC aims to provide increased access to communication and information of for those affected by calamities, helping reduce loss of lives and contribute to humanitarian response.

Since its launch in 2015, HCC has grown to include over 100 mobile operator members and six humanitarian partners across more than 75 countries.

HCC was launched to enable network operators and industry partners to formalize their commitments to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for, and respond to disasters through mobile technology.

Smart, Red Cross, Nokia

Smart will provide connectivity support to Nokia drones, which will be used by the Philippine Red Cross for their humanitarian efforts.

Disaster preparedness programs

Smart’s disaster preparedness programs were cited in GSMA HCC’s annual report in 2016. These programs include Smart’s Emergency Cell Broadcast System (ECBS), which sends out location- and hazard-specific alerts; its ICT Bayanihan series of regional summits to institutionalize emergency telecommunications teams; and the Batingaw disaster management app, which has been replicated in the Horn of Africa. In 2017, the report said Smart had sent SMS and ECBS disaster alerts to 10 million people.

The company has also been a partner of the Philippine Red Cross for disaster response efforts and blood donation drives. Smart has extended support to Red Cross chapters all over the country on various occasions and in times of calamities by providing communications facilities and helping set up first-aid stations, among other activities.

Smart’s support to the Red Cross and commitment to HCC are part of the company’s #SafePH advocacy, which aims to help build resilient communities and reduce disaster-related casualties through technology. (Press Release)

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Smart donates digital learning packages for Basilan learners

Students in Basilan, particularly those under the Alternative Learning System (ALS), now have access to mobile tools and digital content that will help make learning more fun and effective for…

Students in Basilan, particularly those under the Alternative Learning System (ALS), now have access to mobile tools and digital content that will help make learning more fun and effective for them.

Smart Communications recently turned over two School-in-a-Bag units to the Department of Education-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, represented by Secretary Rasol Mitmug, in Lantawan town.

Each School-in-a-Bag contains a solar panel for recipients without access to electricity, tablets preloaded with fun educational content, and other devices. The donation package also includes training for teachers and yearlong monitoring.

School in a bag

TURNOVER. Smart public affairs senior manager Stephanie Orlino (standing third from right) turns over a School-in-a-Bag to Basilan teachers.

The two units will benefit students in Lantawan and Sumisip under the ALS, a learning option for those without access to formal education in schools.

“I am thankful that Smart is there to help the education sector, as its capabilities in delivering technology fit the needs of the next generation,” Mitmog said.

ALS coordinator Aurora Anamon said, “It is a big thing for learners to see videos on a screen. The visual learning approach helps a lot. There are adult learners who will benefit from this because they wish to learn through technology.”

ALS teacher Husaita Barillo-Pantao said the School-in-a-Bag would lighten the heavy load of teachers, particularly in terms of preparing visual aids.

Smart developed the School-in-a-Bag after a study it had commissioned showed that the managed use of tablets in the classroom boosted learning and interest in lessons. While it has donated several units to schools in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, Smart is also calling on individuals and organizations who wish to bring digital learning to more areas in the country. Interested parties may email [email protected] for details.

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2TinCans holds musical theater workshop for summer

School’s out, it’s showtime! Develop your child’s imagination and self-confidence in a summer to remember. The 2TinCans Theatre Lab, the educational and professionalization arm of homegrown production house 2TinCans Philippines,…

School’s out, it’s showtime! Develop your child’s imagination and self-confidence in a summer to remember. The 2TinCans Theatre Lab, the educational and professionalization arm of homegrown production house 2TinCans Philippines, will be launching a series of Summer Musical Theatre Workshops beginning in April.

Taught by theater artists led by 2TinCans’ producing artistic director Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson, the month-long workshops will instill habits of self-discipline through body movement, vocal workout, storytelling, and drama improvisation.

2TinCans

2TINCANS. Clockwise from left, Davelyn Cuenco, Zyradee Ramos, Sharlene Racoma, Dion Cecilio, Christian Niño Luy, Benjun Yu, Alem Garcia, Dave Feril, Dan Michael Sindajan, Chiqui Cañete, Shiella Pestaño Gemperoa, Joer Gallur, Vincent Gaton, Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson, Tiffany Neri, Laurie Grace Tul-id, and Charlene Virlouvet.

Thrice a week, in two-and-a-half-hour sessions, students are put through their paces in all aspects of musical theatre, including acting, dancing, and singing. The workshops culminate in the students’ very own stage performances of Broadway classics and contemporary showtunes. From lights to sound to stage management, every aspect of these productions is run by a professional team of experienced theatre specialists.

2TinCans Summer Musical Theatre Workshops

2TinCans Theater Lab’s Summer Musical Theatre Workshops are not only about performance, but about supporting and encouraging students. They provide a safe and supportive environment for people to exchange ideas, express themselves and, most importantly, be themselves.

The workshops will be held at the Cube Wing Atrium of SM Seaside City Cebu, and at the UV New School of Art & Design (UVNS) in Banilad.

Workshops at SM Seaside City Cebu are open to kids. Dates are from April 17 to May 6, May 8 to May 27, May 29 to June 17, and June 19 to July 8. At UVNS, the first batch kicks off on May 7 to June 1, followed by subsequent batches on June 4 to June 29, and July 2 to 27. Besides children, UVNS will also be offering workshops for teenagers and adults.

2TINCANS THEATER

TEACHING ARTISTS. Shiella Pestaño Gemperoa, Laurie Grace Tul-id, producing artistic director Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson, Charlene Virlouvet, Vincent Gaton, and Joer Gallur will be handling theater lessons during the summer workshops.

2TinCans Theatre Lab is also set to offer theater courses to senior high students at UVNS starting August 2018.

Reserve your slots now! Enroll by calling +6332 516 2802 or +63 917 896 2181 or e-mailing [email protected]. For more information and updates, visit the 2TinCans Philippines website at http://www.2tincans.ph, like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/2tincansphils, and follow on Instagram at @2tincansph. (Press Release)

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Megaworld’s 2017 net income jumps 13.4%, sets P60B capex this year

Megaworld, the country’s largest developer of integrated urban townships, grew its net income by 13.4% to P13.3-billion (including non-recurring gains of P113-million) in 2017 from P11.7-billion (including non-recurring gain of…

Megaworld, the country’s largest developer of integrated urban townships, grew its net income by 13.4% to P13.3-billion (including non-recurring gains of P113-million) in 2017 from P11.7-billion (including non-recurring gain of P82-million) the previous year.

Net income attributable to parent company ended at P12.8-billion by end-December 2017, a 12.7% jump from P11.3-billion during the same period last year. The healthy growth was underpinned by the strong performances of its key businesses in residential and hotel developments, office as well as commercial space leasing in malls and shopping centers.

Consolidated revenues including non-recurring gains grew 7.7% to P50.4-billion in 2017 from the previous year’s P46.8-billion.

Rental business

Megaworld’s rental business, which covers both office and commercial space leasing grew the fastest among the segments. Rental income soared 18.2% to P11.8-billion in 2017 from last year’s P10-billion.
Comprising around 70% of its consolidated revenues, the company’s residential business was up 4.5% in 2017, growing to P34.6-billion from P33.1-billion the previous year.

“We are still way beyond our targets and we see this momentum to continue until we reach our P20-billion target in annual rental income by 2020, or even beyond that. There is still so much opportunities to tap in the property market and we are ready for that,” said Francis Canuto, senior vice president and treasurer, Megaworld.

Megaworld is allocating P60-billion in capital spending this year, with 80% covering development projects, mostly residential, office and commercial developments in various townships across the country. The remaining 20% will be set aside for land acquisition and other investment properties.

Integrated lifestyle community

“The Megaworld Group is now present in more than 30 cities around the country. We will continue to be aggressive in developing more townships and integrated lifestyle communities across the country, most especially in the provinces.”

Last year, Megaworld’s subsidiary Global-Estate Resorts, Inc. (GERI) introduced its second “integrated lifestyle community,” the 300-hectare Hamptons Caliraya, in Cavinti, Laguna, which is surrounded by the famous Lake Caliraya.

About the same time last year, Megaworld announced that it is developing a Makati-inspired Business District in General Trias Cavite, the 35-hectare Maple Grove Commercial District. In just over a month, it has sold around 80% of the 360 prime commercial lots worth P9-billion, the fastest take-up of titled commercial lots in the company’s history.

Megaworld developments

During the last 28 years, Megaworld has built over 660 residential developments, 54 office towers and 15 lifestyle malls in 23 masterplanned townships and integrated lifestyle communities across the Philippines. These also include: Eastwood City in Libis, Quezon City, (18.5 hectares); Newport City in Pasay City (25 hectares); McKinley Hill (50 hectares), McKinley West (34.5 hectares), Uptown Bonifacio (15.4 hectares) and Forbes Town (5 hectares), all in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City; The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu (30 hectares); Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao, Iloilo City (72 hectares); Sta. Barbara Heights in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo (173 hectares); Boracay Newcoast in Boracay Island (150 hectares); Twin Lakes in Alfonso, Batangas near Tagaytay (1,300 hectares); ArcoVia City in Pasig City (12.3 hectares); Southwoods City in the boundaries of Cavite and Laguna (561 hectares); Davao Park District in Lanang, Davao City (11 hectares); Alabang West in Las Piñas City (62 hectares); Eastland Heights in Antipolo, Rizal (640 hectares); Suntrust Ecotown in Tanza, Cavite (350 hectares); Maple Grove in General Trias, Cavite (140 hectares); The Hamptons Caliraya in Lumban-Cavinti, Laguna (300 hectares); The Upper East (34 hectares) and Northill Gateway (50 hectares) both in Negros Occidental; Capital Town Pampanga beside the Pampanga Provincial Capitol in the City of San Fernando (35.6-hectares); and Westside City in the Entertainment City in Paranaque City (31 hectares.) (Press Release)

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Twitter celebrates 12th birthday

What started out as a daylong brainstorming idea of Jack Dorsey (@Jack), Evan Williams (@Ev), and Biz Stone (@Biz) for a site inspired by SMS (short message service); Twitter has…

What started out as a daylong brainstorming idea of Jack Dorsey (@Jack), Evan Williams (@Ev), and Biz Stone (@Biz) for a site inspired by SMS (short message service); Twitter has definitely become the platform of choice for sharing thoughts and ideas in a short and concise manner in real time, specifically within its (then, 140-character rule) 280-character rule.

With a staggering 330 million monthly active users, including notable celebrities, fashion icons, and political figures; everybody goes to Twitter to see #whatshappening. Among the most Tweeted events are the #65thMissUniverse which generated over 34.6 million Tweets during its coronation last 30th of January 2017, and #AlDubEBTamangPanahon which was entered into the Guinness World Records as the most used hashtag in 24 hours during the television variety show “Eat Bulaga” charity concert in 2015 at the Philippine Arena.

The 2016 national elections in the Philippines also garnered over 35 million Tweets which include #PiliPinas2016, #PHVote, and even own hashtags and emojis of the candidates.

In line with Twitter’s 12th birthday, here’s a recap of the country’s 12 most followed personalities’ first Tweets which was no surprise from the entertainment industry.

1.) Jose Marie Viceral, or more popularly known as Vice Ganda, (@vicegandako) with over 10.6 million followers is one of the most sought-after and versatile comedians of his generation made popular by his hosting stint in ABS-CBN’s noontime show, “Showtime”. His first Tweet was posted back in 2010 to greet the energetic audience of the show who are affectionately referred to as the “Madlang Pipol.” Vice Ganda’s personality reflects on his consistent witty Tweets, sharing words of wisdom, opinions and comments to his fans.


2.) Starting out as a child star, Anne Curtis-Smith-Heusaff (@annecurtissmith) soon became one of the entertainment industry’s most bankable actresses, one of the top endorsers in the Philippines and now a showbiz entrepreneur. Today, 9 years and 10 million followers later, she still slays in the Twitter world, using the platform to connect with her fans and co-actors and actresses, being down to earth veering away from the glamour of being a celebrity.


3.) In her first Tweet, the timeless beauty and actress Angel Locsin (@143redangel) expressed her excitement being on Twitter. Thanks to her friend Dennis Ilagan (@denniscillin) for prompting her to sign up. Over the years, she has been active on Twitter, and brought to life a growing fanbase who continues to support her.


4.) The entertainment industry’s “Teen Queen”, Kathryn Bernardo’s (@bernardokath) first Tweet was posted on the 2nd of October 2010 was an expression of appreciation to her cousin, John Mav Bernardo (@MavHarnois). Her Tweets reflect how grateful she is to her fans, sharing also her milestones through her various endorsements.


5.) Yeng Constantino (@YengPLUGGEDin), the “Grand Star Dreamer” of the inaugural season of Pinoy Dream Academy, shared her fancy for the platform as her first Tweet in August 2009 and it enabled her to connect with her fans and made new friends. Constantino holds Twitter dear to her heart as it served as an avenue to connect with her long-time friend and now-husband Yan Asuncion (@the_boyscout).


6.) While the TV host, model, and mom, Bianca Gonzalez Intal (@iamsuperbianca)’s first Tweet was about Ashton Kutcher who challenged CNN to a popularity contest on Twitter, racing to get 1 million followers. Now, we could see Bianca’s wise adulting and parenting Tweets and has surpassed a million followers through dedication and hard work as she continued to inspire people through her tweets.


7.) The “Teen King”, Daniel Padilla (@imdanielpadilla), used Twitter a little later than everyone else among the top followed Twitter personalities in the Philippines. His charming looks and personality brought him a solid fanbase on Twitter who he keeps updated with the latest happenings of the KathNiel love team.


8.) Popular host and actor Luis Manzano (@luckymanzano), says he joined Twitter because of the constant prodding by television host and model Isabelle Daza (@isabelledaza) and bade the Twitter people a warm hello on his first Tweet. Actively sharing his passion in music, he captured the hearts of his followers in supporting Original Pinoy Music. Along with that, he also expressed his love for nature and environment through Retweeting advocacies on Twitter.


9.) Just like the other resident host of “Showtime”, the SupahPapalicious man, Vhong Navarro (@VhongX44)’s first Tweet was also for the audience who is very special to them up until today, the “Madlang People.” Although he started to create his Twitter account back in 2009, his first Tweet was dated January 2012, his popularity boosted his profile to gain almost 6 million followers today.


10.) Actress, host, and United Nations World Food Programme ambassador KC Concepcion (@itskcconcepcion), was curious how Twitter works when she made her first Tweet. She eventually gained a solid foundation through her Tweets by connecting to people in different walks of life and eventually discovering her place in the world of Twitter, beyond of what an influencer is all about.


11.) International singer, actress and Broadway star, Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) was exploring whether Twitter works better for her than Facebook. Enjoying getting into conversations with fans, family and friends alike her following have grown to almost 6 million.


12.) Enrique Gil (@itsenriquegil), one of “Bagani’s” leading actors, was watching the 2001 American comedy film by Ben Stiller, “Zoolander” which prompted his first ever Tweet. He leverages his reach on Twitter by promoting his endorsements and making sure that his fans are up to date with his whereabouts in the showbiz industry.


Twitter continues to be the platform of choice for Filipinos to have conversations and #seeeveryside of opinions and ideas, as well as to know #whatshappening locally and around the world as it happens. From simple greetings to video messages, and even live streaming, netizens will always have Twitter to connect and be heard – no matter where or who they are. (Press Release)

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Fitbit introduces Fitbit Versa, “the smartwatch for all”

Fitbit has introduced the Fitbit Versa, its lightest smartwatch that showcases a modern design and the health and fitness features you need with more than four days of battery life….

Fitbit has introduced the Fitbit Versa, its lightest smartwatch that showcases a modern design and the health and fitness features you need with more than four days of battery life.

In the Fitbit Versa, advanced health and fitness features like 24/7 heart rate tracking, onscreen workouts, and automatic sleep stages tracking meet smart features like quick replies on Android, wallet-free payments, and on-device music – all with 4+ days battery life.

Versa will be available in the Philippines in the second quarter of 2018, the company said in a press statement.

Fitbit’s lightest smartwatch offers a comfortable design and a new dashboard that simplifies how you access your health and fitness data.

Fitbit also announces new female health tracking to help women track their menstrual cycle, view holistic health data in one place, and better understand connections to their overall health. Female health tracking will be available on-device for Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Ionic users, and to all Fitbit app users starting in May 2018.

“As the wearables category continues to grow, Fitbit Versa fills a critical need in the market by delivering a beautifully designed, full-featured smartwatch that is easy to use at a very competitive price,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit. “Versa brings consumers the advanced health and fitness features Fitbit is known for, along with broad compatibility across mobile platforms and 4+ days battery life to provide users with a better picture of their overall health, making it stand out from any smartwatch available today.”

Your all-day health, wellness and fitness companion

Versa launches with Fitbit OS 2.0 for the company’s smartwatches, including a new personalized dashboard that provides a more simplified, intuitive and holistic view of your health and fitness data, bringing the best of our mobile app to the wrist, including:

  • Stats at a glance: See your daily and weekly health and fitness stats, historical activity, heart rate, and exercise summaries, action-oriented motivational messages, tips and tricks, and daily guidance – all on your wrist.
  • More personalized over time: Reminders, celebrations, logging, insights, sleep summaries and social challenges, with prompts to take actions based on your data, coming later in 2018.

Versa also offers all the health and fitness features Fitbit users love most:

  • Personalized fitness guidance: Enhanced 24/7 PurePulse heart rate tracking, on-screen personal workouts from Fitbit Coach, 15+ Exercise Modes, Connected GPS, swim tracking with water resistance up to 50 meters, plus automatic activity and exercise tracking.
  • Take charge of your health and wellness: Use Sleep Stages and Insights to see how well you’re sleeping and set a restful sleep schedule, and Cardio Fitness Level to see how fit you are; move more throughout the day with Reminders to Move. A relative SpO2 sensor opens the potential to track important health indicators in the future, such as sleep apnea.

Optimize your health, fitness and family planning with female health tracking

Fitbit is also introducing female health tracking to help women understand how their menstrual cycle connects to their overall health. According to a recent Fitbit survey, 80% of women did not know how many phases are in a menstrual cycle and more than 70% were unable to correctly identify the average length of a cycle, demonstrating a lack of awareness about women’s health. Created for all Fitbit app users who identify themselves as female ages 13 and over, the feature lets you:

  • Stay on top of your cycle: Easily log your menstrual cycle data, and record symptoms like headaches, acne and cramps; helps you be more informed about your health and life planning, and, as needed, can help you show your doctor specific details for more personalized care.
  • Know what’s ahead: See dynamic cycle predictions for where you are in your cycle and when to expect your period using Fitbit’s new proprietary cycle algorithm that gets smarter over time the more you log; see where you are in your cycle at-a-glance on your wrist.
  • All of your data in one place: View holistic data in one place to reveal connections between your cycle and other stats in the Fitbit app, such as activity, sleep and weight trends to better manage your activity and sleep needs during certain times of the month.
  • Period 101: Learn more about the menstrual cycle, ovulation, fertility and common misconceptions with educational content on the Fitbit blog through the Fitbit app.
  • Connect with others: Join other women through Groups in the Community tab of the Fitbit app for support around key topics like periods, birth control, trying to conceive, pregnancy, and perimenopause and menopause.
  • Personalized insights and guidance: In the future, as the database of female health metrics grows this data may help enable Fitbit to deliver even more insights, such as how your cycle impacts your activity, sleep, weight and nutrition, and potentially how these things can affect your cycle.

“Female health tracking will empower women with a greater understanding of their menstrual cycles in conjunction with their physical and mental health, as they start to recognize what are normal trends over time versus what could be an issue to share with their doctor,” said Dr. Katharine White, MD MPH, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Boston University School of Medicine and Fitbit Advisor.

“The nuances of the menstrual cycle have not been as widely studied across populations as have other areas in healthcare. This exciting development by Fitbit could help potentially create one of the largest databases of menstrual health metrics in the world, providing healthcare and research professionals with an unprecedented ability to study menstrual cycles and women’s health with real world data,” White said.

Fitbit Versa

FITBIT VERSA. In the Fitbit Versa, advanced health and fitness features like 24/7 heart rate tracking, onscreen workouts, and automatic sleep stages tracking meet smart features like quick replies on Android, wallet-free payments, and on-device music – all with 4+ days battery life.

Lightweight and modern design for everyday life

Our lightest, most approachable watch yet, Versa is comfortable, durable and versatile enough for all-day and night wear. It features an ultra-thin, anodized aluminum case and is slightly tapered and angled in its design to fit small or large wrists. The rounded square silhouette display features a bright, colorful touchscreen and sharp graphics up to 1,000 nits, providing the ideal format to see all of your data on your wrist.

Versa offers a variety of stylish accessories so you can change your look based on your outfit or activity:

  • Classic accessories: Featuring new stain-resistant materials, these sleek, swim-ready bands are available in peach, gray, black, periwinkle and white.
  • Horween leather accessories: Using renowned and respected tannery Horween Leather, these hand-crafted bands offer a cool, casual look in cognac brown, midnight blue, lavender, and saddle with artisan-inspired tan stitching.
  • Stainless steel accessories: The stainless steel links and metal mesh bands give a polished look to elevate your style. Stainless steel links are available in black, silver or tapered silver; metal mesh bands are available in black or silver.
  • Designer collection: Fitbit and The Council of Fashion Designers of America invited select designers to submit accessory designs for Versa that showcased their vision for fashion wearables. Emerging designer PH5 was selected to create a new Versa accessory line, available exclusively at Fitbit.com later this year.
  • Fitbit Versa Special Edition: Offering two looks in one with exclusive woven bands inspired by athleisure trends in lavender with a rose gold aluminum case or charcoal with a graphite aluminum case, as well as a black Classic accessory band in box

Essential smart features that help you simplify your life

Versa offers a range of smart features to help you manage your day and quickly get the information you need most:

  • Notifications and quick replies: View app, call, calendar, and text notifications from your smartphone, right on your wrist. Android phone users can send quick pre-populated or customizable replies to text messages and messenger apps (coming soon).
  • Music on your device: Listen to phone-free music anywhere using Bluetooth headphones like Fitbit Flyer, including 300+ songs from your personal music collection and now your own or curated playlists as well as Flow from Deezer.
  • Pay from your wrist: Leave your wallet at home and easily pay in any store where contactless payments are accepted with Fitbit Pay, supported by nearly 40 banks in 14 countries including Australia and Singapore, through American Express, Mastercard and Visa networks, with more countries and banks rolling out in 2018.
  • Apps and clock faces you want: Personalize your device by choosing from a wide range of apps and clock faces in the Fitbit App Gallery, including those from Fitbit, Fitbit Labs, and popular apps like Strava and Weather. The Fitbit App Gallery has more than 550 apps and clock faces available today, many of which developers are working to make available to Versa users soon.
  • Fitbit Labs: An R&D initiative introduced last year focused on accelerating innovation and driving behavior change, Fitbit Labs is introducing a New Parent app to help parents more easily stay on top of their baby’s schedule. By logging their infant’s feedings, diaper changes and sleep, plus their own mood, all from their wrist, new parents can better understand the connections between their sleep and mood, and, over time, help build a healthy routine for themselves and their baby.
  • Broad compatibility: Versa is compatible across Android, iOS and Windows devices so you can use most smartphiones.

“We are thrilled to offer Fitbit’s global smartwatch community convenient and easy access to the music they want to help them stay motivated on their fitness journey,” said Riad Hawa, Global VP of Hardware Partnerships at Deezer. “With this partnership, we’ve made it easier to have relevant and fresh music on your wrist with Flow, a personalized soundtrack, and a wide selection of playlists – all without having to bring your phone when you’re exercising.”

Versa’s new software features are part of the latest Fitbit OS update, the operating system for Fitbit smartwatches. This software update will also be available for Ionic users.

Pricing and availability

Fitbit Versa will be available in the Philippines in the second quarter 2018 for P13,890 in black with a black aluminum case, gray with a silver aluminum case, or peach with a rose gold aluminum case. Fitbit Versa Special Edition will retail for P15,590; accessories ranging from P1,899 to P5,499. Versa will be available in across leading retail stores including Digital Walker, Globe, Liberty, Runnr and Lazada.

With the introduction of Versa, Fitbit expands its smartwatch offerings, providing consumers with greater choice across its product lineup of trackers and watches, and positioning the company to capture greater share of the overall wearables category. According to IDC, the worldwide wearables market is set to nearly double by 2021, with watches driving this growth in the long term. (Press Release)

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BPI Family Auto Madness offers great deals, affordable packages

BPI Family Savings Bank (BFSB) brings back to Cebu the country’s top automotive brands with great deals and more affordable auto loans through BPI Family Auto Madness. Cebu City is…

BPI Family Savings Bank (BFSB) brings back to Cebu the country’s top automotive brands with great deals and more affordable auto loans through BPI Family Auto Madness. Cebu City is one of the key growth areas of BPI Family Savings Bank, as manifested by the growing number of clients.

“The market in Cebu for cars is rapidly growing. We see this in the expansion of car dealerships and display centers outside Cebu City. The growing population of Cebu and even urban migration also contribute to the high demand for cars. Some change cars every five years or less to avoid high maintenance costs of older cars,” said Rey Eleccion, Area Business Director for BFSB Visayas.

BPI Family Auto Madness

Twenty-three car brands showcase their best models in the four-day BPI Family Auto Madness Event in Ayala Center Cebu.

Extensive auto loan packages

Eleccion added that through extensive auto loan packages, clients are able to afford their dream cars, may it be for personal or business use.

“We have continuously become a trusted partner of many Cebuano families. We help them manage their finances and ultimately achieve their goals for a better life,” said Eleccion.

According to Dennis Fronda, Division Head for BPI Family Auto Loan, loan packages remain to be affordable despite the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

“While prices of some cars have gone up, the take-home pay of an employee has gone up as well,” explained Fronda. “With affordable auto loan packages, the client still has more than enough to cover the monthly amortization and other car expenses.”

BPI Family Auto Madness

BPI FAMILY AUTO MADNESS LAUNCH IN CEBU. (From left) Leading the launch of the event are Sidney Quimbo, VP and Area Business Director Cebu City Central; Mari Joy Ramos, AVP and Area Business Director Cebu City South and Bohol; Dennis Fronda, VP and Division Head BPI Family Auto Loans; William Teo, AVP and Area Business Director Cebu North and Leyte; Rey Eleccion, AVP and Area Business Director BPI Family Savings Bank Visayas; and Wilbert Yu, AVP and Auto Loans Sales Channel Head Visayas.

Participating car brands

The BPI Family Auto Madness event is open to all mallgoers and clients from March 15 to 18, 2018, at the Activity Center of Ayala Center Cebu. It brings together 23 of the best car brands in one roof. Some of the major participating car brands include BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, Foton, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Jeep, JMC, Kia, Mazda, Mercedez Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Ssangyong, Subaru, Suzuki, Tata, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

Clients who apply for a BPI Family Auto Loan during the event can enjoy lower interest rates, free insurance, and a free gas card of up to P3,000. Those who cannot go to the event may still avail of the auto loans via any the 40 BPI and BPI Family Savings Bank branches in Cebu. (Press Release)

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Oakridge breaks ground for third IT building

Three months after the opening of its second Information Technology (IT) building, Cebuano property developer Oakridge Realty Development Corp., held last March 2, the groundbreaking of the Oakridge IT Center…

Three months after the opening of its second Information Technology (IT) building, Cebuano property developer Oakridge Realty Development Corp., held last March 2, the groundbreaking of the Oakridge IT Center 3 (OITC 3), located within the Oakridge Business Park.

Once completed, the OITC 3, which is the second phase of the company’s three-year development plan, will add another 14,000 square meters of leasable space to its current 24,000 sq m.

OITC 3’s ground floor area will cater to food and retail establishments, while the 5th to the
12th floors will have more office spaces.

Oakridge IT Center 3

Oakridge IT Center 3. Once completed, the building will add another 14,000 square meters of leasable space to its current 24,000 sq m.

Redefine Oakridge Business Park

Its design is differentiated by expansive common use areas, three-level podium parking, 24-hour generator set with 100% back up power, drop off points for PWD, and Telco cabinets per floor, among others.

Like its “twin-building,” the Oakridge IT Center 2, OITC 3 is envisioned to redefine the business and leisure landscape of Oakridge Business Park.

The OITC 3 is set for completion by the second quarter of 2019.

The next phase of the company’s developmental plan will include the construction of an atrium connecting both buildings that will showcase an entertainment facility and more dining options.

Small to medium cut spaces

Oakridge’s vision for both 12-story buildings is to continually support companies requiring small to medium cut spaces offering an array of spaces beginning from the smallest 47 square meters up to a full floor plate area of 1,700 sq m. All these options while keeping the rates competitive.

The building expansions are set to reinforce ORDC’s commitment to create a well-balanced work-play environment for its BPO and office clients, while preparing to bring in more retail brands, dining choices, and entertainment and wellness facilities.

Oakridge Business Park is a distinct business address located along A.S. Fortuna Street, Mandaue City.

It features landscaped open areas demonstrating how business and leisure can come together in a balanced space, while complementing its refreshing modern architecture.

Oakridge IT Center 3 groundbreaking

GROUNDBREAKING. Oakridge Realty Development Corp. CEO Edmun Liu (center) leads the groundbreaking ceremony of the Oakridge IT Center 3 building. With him are (from left) Atty. Karen Climaco, ORDC Finance and Legal Director; Mary Lood, ORDC Human Resources Director; Ericson Ong, Mandaue ECO Glass Inc. Owner; Arturo Robles, Quest Air Tech. President; Mike Torres, ArchiGlobal Inc. President; Anne Liu, ORDC Creative Director; Maria Teresa Esquivel, ASEC President; Corazon Ballard, RLB President; Nilo Arribas, ORDC Operations Director; and Estee Plunket, ORDC Sales and Marketing Director.

Distinctly Oakridge

The four-hectare Oakridge Business Park includes the Oakridge IT Centers 1, 2 and 3; office and commercial spaces at Block 88; and food and retail establishments at Oak Tree Drive 1 and 2 catering to the discerning clientele.

The park also caters to two large-scale event venues: the Oakridge Pavilion, a 1,200- square meter premier event location featuring ivory-hued draping, carpeting and glass-enclosed foyer; and the 400-seater Oakridge Horizons that features floor-to-ceiling glass windows offering a panoramic view of the city.

Oakridge Business Park is envisioned to be a sanctuary within the city with refreshing open spaces, diverse dining and lifestyle destinations, personalized opportunities for business and possibilities of every kind of celebration, making it Distinctly Oakridge. (Press Release)

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Let’s Summer with Havaianas on national Flip-Flops Day

This year, Havaianas goes beyond looking at summer as just a season where people go to the beach and escape to the most exciting adventures. More than that, it’s transforming…

This year, Havaianas goes beyond looking at summer as just a season where people go to the beach and escape to the most exciting adventures. More than that, it’s transforming summer into an action word, as in “Let’s Summer,” which is the brand’s campaign message. Look at it as an invitation to enjoy the greatest and most fun things that the “coolest” season of the year (irony fully intended!) can offer.

Havaianas Let's Summer

Let Havaianas kick off the “summer-ing” with National Flip-Flops Day, happening on March 3. Join in welcoming the happiest and sunniest season of the year with a day that’s full of offers and treats. Get ready for a major flip-flop haul because Havaianas is giving away a cannot-miss 20% discount on all regular-priced pairs storewide, nationwide, and even sitewide at www.havaianas.ph (plus FREE shipping!) for just one day.

Save the date and make sure to head to selected stores early to cop the limited Havaianas Summer Kit, which is available from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. only. To score one, just purchase at least P1,500 worth of Havaianas pairs on March 3 and get the kit for P399. It contains summer-themed temporary tattoos, a dry bag, and a water-resistant travel pouch. It’s a no-brainer: All of these are a must-have for the summer.

Havaianas Let's Summer

But, wait! Havaianas promises more surprises in the coming weekends. The fun continues until March 18 with discounts on women’s sandals, and Aftersport collection on different weekends of the month. At the same time, awesome promos on the Havaianas beach ball, dry bag, and water-resistant travel pouch will be up for grabs at the online store. As the saying goes, “good things come to those who wait,” so stay tuned on when exactly these will happen.

In the meantime, slip into a comfy pair, head over to All Flip-Flops and selected retailers nationwide, and #LetsSummer with Havaianas on March 3 for National Flip-Flops Day! For more info, follow the fun online at Havaianas Philippines in Facebook, and @havaianasphils in Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #NationalFlipFlopsDayPH. (Press Release)

Havaianas Let's Summer

 

Havaianas Let's Summer

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Consul Antonio Chiu elected new CCCI president

The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) elected a new set of trustees and officials last February 23 at the Summit Galleria Hotel in Cebu City. Antonio Chiu of…

The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) elected a new set of trustees and officials last February 23 at the Summit Galleria Hotel in Cebu City.

Antonio Chiu of Nutrivalue Technologies, Inc., the honorary consul of the Slovak Republic, was elected president for the term March 2018 to February 2019. Chiu thanked the trustees for electing him and pledged to continue making the CCCI relevant to the well-being of Cebu’s business community and the province’s economic growth and development.

Melanie Ng, the immediate past president, said she welcomed the election of Chiu, whom she sees leading the CCCI with the new board to greater achievements.

The new board of trustees was sworn into office by Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice president for the Visayas Samuel Chioson during the joint BOT meeting last February 28 at the Cebu Chamber Center.

CCCI ELECTION.

The following are the 2018-2019 officials of CCCI.

Board of Trustees for 2018 – 2019

(* newly elected trustees)

INDUSTRY:

  • Charles Kenneth C. Co*, Cebu Steel Corporation
  • Carolyne Lamakang Go*, Magic Melt Foods, Inc.
  • Ronald S. Po*, Fiesta Beverage Corporation
  • Enrison T. Benedicto, Mabuhay Filcement, Inc.
  • Antonio N. Chiu, Nutrivalue Technologies, Inc.

TRADE:

  • Dr. Jose Enrico R. Gandionco*, Cebu Primera Food Industries, Inc.
  • Edward Vincent Onglatco*, Hyundai Cebu, Inc.
  • Melanie C. Ng, Ng Khai Development Corporation
  • Christian T. Paro-an, RC Goldline Sale Shop
  • Robinson Uy, La Nueva Drugstore Chain Inc.

SERVICE:

  • Virgilio “Nonoy” Espeleta*, Famcor Franchise Management & Executive Development
  • Wendell D. Gahinhin*, Punongbayan & Araullo
  • Aldie P. Garcia*, Isla Lipana & Co., a PWC member firm
  • Bunny D. Pages*, Pages Holdings, Inc.
  • Fr. Dionisio M. Miranda, SVD, University of San Carlos
  • Benny Y. Que, Golden Prince Hotel and Suites
  • Atty. Thomas A. Riveral, CPA, Oriental Port & Allied Services Corporation

SECTORAL:

  • Rey Maximo Eleccion, Cebu Bankers Club
  • Robert L. Go*, Philippine Retailers Association-Cebu Chapter, Inc.

ICT:

  • Michael Cubos*, Performance 360 Global Services

 

Newly Elected Officers 2018-2019

Antonio N. Chiu – President

Ronald S. Po – Vice President for Finance and Administration Services

Charles Kenneth Co – Vice President for External Affairs & Relations

Virgilio Espeleta – Vice President for Business Development & Management Services

Edward Vincent Onglatco – Vice President for Membership Development

Rey Maximo Eleccion – Treasurer

Atty. Thomas A. Riveral – Board Secretary

Wendell D. Ganhinhin – Assistant Treasure (appointed)

Carolyne Lamakang Go – Assistant Board Secretary (appointed)

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Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ ‘built for the way we communicate today’

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has introduced the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, the smartphones that reimagine the way we communicate, share and experience the world. Made for the way we…

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has introduced the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, the smartphones that reimagine the way we communicate, share and experience the world. Made for the way we increasingly communicate and express ourselves more with images, videos and emojis, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ drive innovation with Samsung’s most advanced camera ever.

Redesigned with a new dual aperture lens that powers an innovative low light camera, Super Slow-mo video capabilities and personalized AR Emoji, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ ensure you never miss a moment and make your everyday epic.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

PREMIUM SOUND EXPERIENCE. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have stereo speakers tuned by AKG. Whether users are watching their favorite movie or streaming their favorite artist’s latest album, sounds are clear, crisp and rich in quality. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ also support Dolby Atmos, giving the effect of 360-degree sound.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ deliver an enhanced entertainment experience with powerful stereo speakers tuned by AKG, surround sound supported by Dolby Atmos and a refined edge-to-edge Infinity Display – a key staple in Samsung’s design heritage. In addition, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will come with the new SmartThings app, which unites Samsung’s existing IoT services into one single, smart experience.

“The way we use our smartphones has changed as communication and self-expression has evolved,” said DJ Koh, president and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “With the Galaxy S9 and S9+, we have reimagined the smartphone camera. Not only does the Galaxy S9 and S9+ enable consumers to shoot the best photos and videos anywhere, it’s a smartphone that’s designed to help them connect to others and express themselves in a way that’s unique and personal to them.”

Camera Reimagined

Today’s cameras are for more than taking pictures – they’re for connecting and communicating. Consumers want a smartphone camera with state-of-the-art technology so they can express themselves with high-quality images and tools to tell their own, unique story. The Galaxy S9 and S9+’s cameras are built with these consumers in mind, with a Super Speed Dual Pixel sensor with dedicated processing power and memory that can combine up to 12 frames into one amazing shot for the highest photo quality possible. The Galaxy S9 and S9+’s camera features include:

Super Slow-mo: Make every day moments epic with dynamic, slow-motion video that captures 960 frames per second. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ also offers automatic Motion Detection, an intelligent feature that detects movement in the frame and automatically begins to record – all users have to do is set up the shot. After capturing the Super Slow-mo video, users can select background music from 35 different options or add a tune from their favorite playlist. Users can also easily create, edit and share GIF files with a simple tap in three playful styles of looping to watch the action over and over.

Low Light Camera: Good lighting is the secret to any great photo. But often, photos are taken in less-than-ideal lighting conditions and most smartphone cameras have a fixed aperture that can’t adjust to low or bright lighting environments resulting in grainy or washed out pictures. Similar to the way the iris of a human eye expands and contracts, Samsung’s Dual Aperture (F1.5 – F2.4) automatically lets in more light when it’s dark and less light when it’s too bright, taking photos that are crisp and clear anytime, anywhere.

AR Emoji: Samsung lets users create an emoji that looks, sounds and acts just like them. AR Emoji uses a data-based machine learning algorithm, which analyzes a 2D image of the user and maps out more than 100 facial features to create a 3D model that reflects and imitates expressions, like winks and nods, for true personalization. AR Emoji shares your real-life feelings not only in video but also with a range of stickers in uses a standard AGIF file format so users can share their emojis across most third-party messaging platforms.

Bixby: Samsung’s intelligence platform, integrated into the camera, uses augmented reality and deep learning technologies to provide helpful information about a user’s surroundings. With real-time object detection and recognition, Bixby instantly generates information directly on top of the image that the camera is pointing at. Users can translate foreign languages and currency in real time with Live Translation, learn about their surroundings.

Entertainment Reimagined

Smartphones are often our go-to choice for entertainment, which is why Samsung created a device that offers premium sound experiences with stereo speakers tuned by AKG. Whether users are watching their favorite movie or streaming their favorite artist’s latest album, sounds are clear, crisp and rich in quality. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ also support Dolby Atmos, giving the effect of 360-degree sound.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ audio experience is complemented by Samsung’s revolutionary Infinity Display. First introduced on the Galaxy S8, the bold, bright Super AMOLED Infinity Display blends right into the phone with virtually no distracting bezels. With adaptive contrast enhancement, users can use their device even in direct sunlight.

Infinity display.

Connected Lifestyle

As the first smartphone to support the new SmartThings app, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the central hub to manage every facet of the connected lifestyle at home, at the office or on the go. The SmartThings app will be introduced with S9 and S9+, and will connect to other Samsung and non-Samsung devices.

For those constantly on the move, the next-generation Samsung DeX empowers a mobile lifestyle by bringing a large, full-screen experience to the mobile handset. With DeX Pad, a new docking system, users can easily connect the Galaxy S9 and S9+ to a larger monitor, keyboard and mouse to expand the mobile experience with enhanced document editing or even full-screen gaming. Users can also transform the Galaxy S9 and S9+ into a Touch Keyboard and Touch Pad with the DeX Pad.

Galaxy Foundation

Samsung sets the gold standard for smartphones including IP68 water and dust resistance, and fast wireless charging. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ go a step beyond. The devices now support expandable memory of up to 400GB and are equipped with the latest premium application processors offering powerful performance and sophisticated image processing.

In addition, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ give users the peace of mind knowing that their phone is protected by Knox 3.1, Samsung’s latest defense-grade security platform. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ support three different biometric authentication options – iris, fingerprint, and facial recognition – so users can choose the best way to protect their device and applications. The devices support Intelligent Scan, a new verification that intelligently uses the collective strength of iris scanning and facial recognition technology to quickly and conveniently unlock a user’s phone in any environment. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ also introduce Dedicated Fingerprint, giving users the option to use a different fingerprint to access Secure Folder than the one used to unlock the phone.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ takes health to the next level with an improved optical sensor built directly into the device, providing richer, more accurate information on user’s health status. This sensor allows the Galaxy S9 and S9+ to keep track of users’ Heart Load Factor, a new measurement of the real-time demand placed on your heart.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available starting in March 16, 2018 and will be offered in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and a new hue, Lilac Purple.

Pre-order the Galaxy S9 and S9+ from February 27 to March 6, 2018 and get one exclusive gift of your choice along with complimentary bundles and discount on Samsung wearables. Visit your nearest Samsung experience store or select Abenson’s or SM Appliance stores nationwide. To know more about the newest Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, visit samsung.com.ph or visit our Facebook page, facebook.com/SamsungPH. (Press Release)

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Motorola expands retail footprint in Visayas, Mindanao

Since its launch in 2016, Motorola Philippines has gone full throttle in making the Motorola experience more accessible to Filipinos nationwide. To support this vision, Motorola is further strengthening its…

Since its launch in 2016, Motorola Philippines has gone full throttle in making the Motorola experience more accessible to Filipinos nationwide. To support this vision, Motorola is further strengthening its presence in Visayas and Mindanao with new retail kiosks in Cebu and Davao.

Strategically located in the Cyberzone area of SM City Cebu and in Gaisano Mall Davao, the newly-opened Motorola experience kiosks bring the Motorola innovative technology closer to consumers. The new retail stores also kick-start Motorola’s expansion plans for 2018 aimed at showcasing its smartphone offerings catering to the different Filipino markets and the trademark lineup of modular accessories better known as the Moto Mods.

Motorola SM City Cebu

Motorola kiosk in SM City Cebu.

“We want to continually address the smartphone needs of Filipino consumers. Our expansion initiatives for 2018 focus on reaching more Filipinos, especially in the Visayas and Mindanao areas. Apart from our 10 Motorola experience stores, we are keen on amplifying our efforts to make the Motorola experience available to everyone as we become more visible in the market,” said Vincent dela Cruz, Marketing Manager of Lenovo Mobile Business Group Philippines.

Motorola will be opening six more stores in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao within the first quarter of 2018. The target locations are Alabang in Metro Manila, Luzon; Iloilo in Visayas; General Santos City, South Cotabato City, Cagayan De Oro City and Zamboanga City in Mindanao. The opening dates of the stores will be announced soon.

Motorola Gaisano Mall Davao.

Motorola in Gaisano Mall Davao.

Motorola experience stores are located in the Cyberzone areas of SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Batangas, Glorietta, SM Sta. Rosa, SM Dasmarinas, SM Calamba, SM Cebu and Gaisano Davao. All Motorola concept stores carry the Motorola smartphone lineup: the flagship line of the Moto Z, Moto Z Play, Moto Z2 Play and the Moto Mods; its premium midrange offerings, which include the Moto M and the latest additions to the Moto G family, the Moto g5S and Moto g5S Plus, and the entry-level lineup of the Moto C, Moto C Plus and Moto E4 Plus. (Press Release)

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Hello Summer 2018 offers exclusive room promos, raffle prizes

With summer just around the corner, Crimson Resort & Spa, Mactan together with Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu greet the season with an exciting kick-off event for the Hello…

With summer just around the corner, Crimson Resort & Spa, Mactan together with Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu greet the season with an exciting kick-off event for the Hello Summer campaign launch on February 28 at the Garden Bloc of Cebu I.T. Park. A countrywide initiative of Chroma Hospitality Inc., Hello Summer presents jaw-dropping room offers exclusive for the season topped off with amazing raffle prizes.

The Hello Summer launch in Cebu is a celebration of the best that the metro has to offer. It begins with a motorcade at 4 p.m. and going through the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Talisay, with a stopover at the new Il Corso Mall at the South Road Properties.

Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu

Crimzone Pirate Show, booth displays

The event’s highlights include a preview of the well-loved Crimzone Pirate Show with a jam-packed play area for young ones to take part in; a selection of homegrown food stalls; dance performances; and raffle games. It culminates with an exhilarating set by DJ Neil Retro of Oqtagon starting 9 p.m. until midnight.

From afternoon until evening, there are spectacular booth displays, giveaways and event support by the following sponsors: One Oasis Cebu, San Remo Oasis, Air Asia, Island Souvenirs, iShow Cebu, Il Corso, Supernova Summer Collection, Cebu Holdings Inc., and Park Social. The motorcade will also have the special participation of Mercedes-Benz, Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Club Philippines and V-Max Owners Group Inc.

Open to the public

As the event is open to the public, all summer aficionados, travel adventurers and food lovers are invited to join in the fun and revelry. Interested guests may directly visit the official event page Hello Summer on Facebook to know more details about the activity. Pre-registration is not required and everyone is invited to freely join and party the afternoon and evening away.

Crimson Resort & Spa, Mactan

HELLO SUMMER. The Hello Summer campaign will be launched on February 28 at the Garden Bloc of Cebu I.T. Park. A countrywide initiative of Chroma Hospitality Inc., Hello Summer presents jaw-dropping room offers exclusive for the season topped off with amazing raffle prizes.

It is truly a summer to remember with Crimson Resort & Spa, Mactan and Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu as the season is greeted with an exciting celebration filled with goodies, games and more for everyone to enjoy. For inquiries on the event launch, guests may get in touch with Crimson Resort & Spa, Mactan at (63 32) 401 999 or Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu at (63 32) 402 5999.

Chroma Hospitality, Inc. is owned by Filinvest Hospitality Corporation. It is the management company behind Crimson Hotel Filinvest, Manila, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan in Cebu, Quest Hotel and Conference Center in Cebu City and Quest Hotel and Conference Center in Clark, Pampanga and the highly anticipated Crimson Resort and Spa Boracay set to open in 2017. (Press Release)

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SM Home Design Series to be held in Cebu

Cebu condos are in for a do-over—the SM Home Design Series: The Essentials of Condo Living breaks away from Manila to host its well-received series of talks in the South’s…

Cebu condos are in for a do-over—the SM Home Design Series: The Essentials of Condo Living breaks away from Manila to host its well-received series of talks in the South’s busiest and brightest metropolis. SM Home invites Cebuanos to “Complete Your Home with SM Home” by featuring talented local designers to give in-depth, useful talks in maximizing and beautifying their modern condominium life.

The Northwing Atrium of SM City Cebu will host this leg of the SM Home Design Series, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 24 and 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is a feast for all design-loving senses, because apart from the prepared talks, guests can view styled home vignettes—living room, kitchen, bedroom and dining room—decorated using SM Home pieces by the featured Cebuano designers themselves.

Each SM Home Design Series talk is meant to answer the most pressing decor and design issues of a starter condo owner.

Sessions

Philippine Institute of Interior Design Cebu Chapter member Ryan James Mantuhac, ID will help discerning condo owners decide whether to hire professional help with his talk, “Should I Hire An Interior Designer?” at 11 a.m.

At 12 noon, Janet Lo Lee, head designer of her eponymous Cebu-based studio will instruct guests on how to make good use of limited condo space in her talk Space Planning 101. Janet, known for her sophisticated and minimalist design specializes in residential, commercial and renovation projects.

SM Home invites Cebuanos to “Complete Your Home with SM Home” by featuring talented local designers to give in-depth, useful talks in maximizing and beautifying their modern condominium life.

At 1 p.m. Maybelline Te, interior and furniture designer and manufacturer, will give a talk about Finding and Perfecting Your Design Style. Suitable for first-time home decorators, the talk will impart wisdom on refining a homeowner’s design taste.

An interior designer specializing in the staging of model units and common areas for real estate developers, Hannah C. Lim, ID of HL Designs will discuss Space Saving Tips and Tricks, aimed to reveal secrets on keeping a condo spartan yet stylish. Her talk will start at 2 p.m.

A furniture designer and maker will help guests furnish the condo of their dreams with the talk Scale Away: Choosing Furniture for Small Spaces at 3 p.m. Kate Ngo, a specialist in wood furniture with a Master’s degree in design and craftsmanship will highlight the importance of scale, space and choosing fixtures that fit just right.

Finally, at 4 p.m., copywriter and advertising professor Carla Adlawan teams up with Boysen Paints for the day’s final talk, In Living Color: How to Infuse Personality Into Your Home with Paint & Color, giving guests an educated view on which shades to splash their homes with.

Registration for the event will start at 10 a.m., while all styled vignettes from the SM Home Design Series: The Essentials of Condo Living will remain at the SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium till March 8. The weekend event is a one-of-a-kind experience condo living enthusiasts will love attending. (Press Release)

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