Smart’s Batibot app nominated for global award

Teachers find the Batibot a useful classroom tool, as it is aligned with DepEd’s kindergarten curriculum.

The Batibot mobile application co-developed by Smart Communications has been shortlisted for the Best Mobile Innovation for Education or Learning citation of the prestigious Global Mobile Awards. The digital version of the beloved Filipino children’s show is the first app in the Filipino language that is aligned with the kindergarten curriculum of the Department of…

More than a sports league: Season 17 of Cesafi brain wars opens

AFTER the athletic and physical contests, it’s now time for a contest of different skills sets as the 2016-2017 season of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc.Academic and Cultural contest kicks off at the University of Southern Philippines Foundation on Jan. 9. Known primarily as a sports league, the Cesafi is more than that and…

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Smart innovation improves delivery of rural health services

Digitizing healthcare with SHINE OS+ Dr. Mimi Bondoc, municipal health officer of Zarraga, Iloilo, has worked in public health service for the past 26 years, and has witnessed how technology has helped in improving the delivery of healthcare to Filipinos, particularly those in underserved areas. Technology, she says, helped address one of the biggest constraints…

Do you want to build Android apps? Learn how through TESDA-Smart online course

VIDEO TUTORIAL. Smart’s Ron Ramos discusses how to set up the Android development environment in one of the many video modules that form part of Smart’s online course on building Android apps in the TESDA website.

Aspiring developers can now learn how to build Android mobile applications at no cost, via an online course available on the website of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). The course, developed by mobile leader Smart Communications, can be found on e-tesda.gov.ph. Enrolling is fast and simple. Users only need to create an…

Smart nominated as CSR company of the year

DIGITAL AID TO EDUCATION. Children from a remote community in Rizal see a laptop and other digital tools for the first time, after Smart donated a School-in-a-Bag to their school.

PLDT mobile unit Smart Communications is shortlisted by the prestigious Asia CEO Awards for the Corporate Social Responsibility Company of the Year. The Asia CEO Awards recognizes outstanding leadership achievements by individuals and organizations in the Philippines. The CSR award is for the company with the best projects on environmental protection and awareness, livelihood, and…

Globe launches free eLibrary to benefit over 15 million public school students nationwide

GFS LIBRARY. The website is a component of the Global Filipino School program, a long-term Globe educational initiative that seeks to transform public schools into centers of Information and Communications Technology excellence.

Over a thousand educational e-books for K-12 learning will be made available to over 15 million public elementary and high school students and some 500,000 public school teachers nationwide beginning September 30 as part of the Global Filipino School (GFS) program of Globe Telecom. The GFS Library launch coincides with the National Teachers Day celebration…

Smart calls for partners to bring digital learning to schools without electricity

Eleven-year-old Sheran Bueramo walks through hills and forests to go to school in Tanay Rizal in pursuit of his dream to be an engineer someday. Bueramo, however, hopes to succeed in a technology-driven world studying in a school without electricity. Rawang Elementary School is just one of over 3,000 schools in the Philippines – which…

PLDT Gabay Guro gathers 20,000 teachers in festival to honor country’s educators

GRAND PRIZE. Teacher Chita Mejia thanks organizers upon being handed a ceremonial key after winning a house and lot during the #TeacherFest2016 in MOA Arena. With her are PLDT Gabay Guro chairperson Chaye Cabal-Revilla and Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. (MyCebu photo: Max Limpag)

ON the eve of #TeacherFest2016, teacher Chita Mejia was told by her husband, “don’t go home without the key to that house they are giving away.” On Sunday, Mejia won the grand prize of a house and lot. The Mejias do not own a house. Mejia, who teaches at the Carlos L. Albert High School…

PLDT Gabay Guro continues to soar higher heights

Nine years ago, a small group of like-minded PLDT executives banded together over coffee for an advocacy for teachers. With a common dream of being a catalyst of change in the lives of teachers, Gabay Guro was born and became the CSR arm under the PLDT-Smart Foundation. What transpired after that day revolutionized education-based advocacy…

4 Cebu schools get tablets, gadgets, connectivity under PLDT, ACC program

Daogmaon program. Officials of PLDT, Huawei, ACC and Gabay Guro pose with teachers from 4 Cebu schools that are recipients of tablets, gadgets, and connectivity under the education program.

Four public schools in Cebu Province benefitted from the recent holding of the Asian Carriers Conference (ACC) 2016 in Lapu-Lapu City, having been picked as recipients of 20 tablets and 20 laptops plus free Internet connectivity under the ACC, Inc. education program. PLDT provided the tablets and free six months of DSL connection while Huawei…

Teachers attend Smart-run technopreneurship training program in Cebu

TECHNOPRENEURSHIP TRAINING. Teachers from Cebu, Tagbilaran, and Bacolod complete a 3-day SWEEPx: Technopreneurship Training for Teachers initiated by mobile leader Smart Communications in Cebu. The training was held at the University of Cebu Banilad Campus. (Photo: Smart Communications)

Tagbilaran City in Bohol is gateway to such top tourism attractions as the Chocolate Hills and the white sand beaches of Panglao, but it is difficult and expensive to get around using the tricycles that are the most common means of transport. Three faculty members of Holy Name University in Tagbilaran proposed an innovative solution…

Smart makes Fortune magazine’s ‘Change the World’ list

HANDS-ON TRAINING. Smart has been partnering with schools to provide hands-on training to engineering and IT students, helping them get ready for the ‘real world.’

Top international business magazine Fortune included Philippine mobile leader Smart Communications in its list of 50 companies around the world that are creating “important social impact.” Smart placed 36th in Fortune’s second “Change the World” list, joining the ranks of global business giants like GlaxoSmithKline, Nike, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Unilever. Smart is the only Philippine…

Power Mac Center partners with University of Visayas New School of Art & Design

PARTNERSHIP. Power Mac Center training head Maleng Raysag, UVNS school director Genesis Raña, and Power Mac Center CEO Lawrence Sison formalize the partnership to produce more Apple-certified creative professionals.

Premium Apple reseller Power Mac Center recently signed a partnership with the University of Visayas New School of Art & Design (UVNS) to strengthen the position of its Apple Authorized Training Center (AATC) in Cebu within the creative market. UVNS’ Customized Education was recently named an Apple Distinguished Program. Offering certificate courses in Visual Communication…

Smart’s mobile digital lab for preschoolers wins award in Singapore

Smart TechnoCart – a mobile digital laboratory donated to public schools to develop literacy among kindergarten students – won the Social Contribution Award at the prestigious Asia Communication Awards (ACA) ceremony held recently in Singapore. Organized annually by London-based industry publication Total Telecom, the ACA recognizes outstanding performance by Asian carriers, multimedia content providers, vendors,…

OLX, PPCRV partner to promote responsible voting

PARTNERSHIP. (From lefT) Hans Adrian Lagman, Brand Marketing Officer, OLX; Carlo Rosales, Senior Brand Marketing Officer, OLX; Ana De Villa Singson, National Communications and Media Director, PPCRV; Jean Magboo, Brand Marketing Manager, OLX; Reiman John Santos, Senior Brand Marketing Officer, OLX; Timmy del Agua, Marketing Officer, OLX. (Photo: OLX.ph)

As part of its commitment to promote responsible voting among Filipinos, OLX partnered with the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the citizen arm that helps monitor the country’s elections. The partnership was forged by the shared vision of OLX and PPCRV of a free, fair, and fraud-free elections in the Philippines. Donations OLX…

Carmudi Philippines picks son of fisherman and vendor as first scholar

Carmudi Philippines, the leading online vehicle platform in the country, has selected the son of a fisherman and a vendor as the first sole recipient of its scholarship program. Aljohn Torreta, a senior student from the University of the Philippines Visayas taking up a BA in Communications and Media Studies, was chosen from a highly competitive batch of Cum Laude standing students from different universities who participated nationwide.

Jpark Island Resort lights up tree, brings joy to disadvantaged kids

USHERING CHRISTMAS. The tree at the Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark lobby.

This Christmas, Cebu beach resort Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark has a simple wish and that is to to lighten and brighten lives. As the resort marked the start of the Christmas season by lighting up its tree last Friday, December 4, it treated disadvantaged kids from the Home Care Foundation in Lapu-Lapu City to a day of fun and treats.

DepEd integrates Smart video materials into disaster preparedness education

DISASTER-READY. Participants of DepEd’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in Education Forum try their hand at puppeteering the three characters featured in the Maging Laging Handa video series developed by Smart. The preparedness videos are integrated into the DRR curriculum of elementary students.

“Maging Laging Handa,” a series of disaster-readiness videos developed by Smart Communications (Smart), has been distributed to public elementary schools nationwide in support of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) initiative to integrate Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the education curriculum.

Eats Meets West showcases the best of Midwest Cebu towns

BEST MAIN COURSE. Tabuelan’s alimangong humba or crabs cooked in the manner of the popular Cebuano braised pork dish was picked Best Main Course during the Eats Meets West culinary competition earlier this month.

Crabs simmered humba style, skewered squid cubes turned golden brown on a clay grill, and native chicken cooked in fermented coconut juice as five towns in midwestern Cebu prepared their entries for the Eats Meets West culinary competition held in Tabuelan.