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:

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.

DepEd recognizes Smart as valued partner in education

The Department of Education (DepEd) recently recognized mobile leader Smart Communications for its efforts to help improve education in the country. Smart is one of DepEd’s corporate partners under the Adopt-a-School program, whose goal is to enhance the quality of public education through technology support and training, among others.

Smart, WWF encourage students to adopt eco-friendly lifestyle

Students from Visayas State University in Baybay, Leyte try to rank the devices and appliances printed on card boards according to energy consumption rate, as part of the activities during the Project Connect workshop organized by Smart and WWF.

While young, it is important that students start to embrace their role as stewards of the environment. It is for this reason that wireless leader Smart Communications (Smart) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) started a project called Project Connect.

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Samboan taps SHINE OS+ to digitize residents’ health records

SHINE OS+ LAUNCH. Samboan health workers led by Mayor Raymond Joseph Calderon, Smart Communications senior manager Maria Jane C. Paredes, and Shine OS+ project lead Dr. Ma. Regina Estuar of the Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center launch SHINE OS+ at the town center.

Samboan municipal health officer Dr. Ianne Jireh Ramos suspected hypertension to be the prevalent case among townsfolk who availed themselves of the municipal government’s health programs. Ramos, however, couldn’t say for certain. She just had a hunch based on anecdotal information.

ACC brings digital learning to schools in Lapu-Lapu via Smart Technocart

TECH BOOST FOR EDUCATION. Representatives of select public schools in Lapu-Lapu City receive Smart Technocarts from PLDT and Smart president and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno (7th from left) and Stephanie Velasco-Orlino (second from left), Atty. Maria Jane Paredes (2nd from right), and Sally Aldaba (right), all from the Smart Public Affairs group.

Four public schools in Lapu-Lapu City are the latest recipients of mobile digital laboratories called Smart Technocarts, which are intended to boost kindergarten learning using technology tools and solutions.

RAFi donates P1.5 million for ERUF training center

RAFI President Roberto “Bobby” Aboitiz (seated, center) signs the agreement for the donation of P1.6 million to the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation. To his right is Dr. Pek Eng Lim, ERUF BOT chairman; and to his left is Dr. Kenneth Chan, ERUF BOT vice chairman. Standing from left are RAFI Chief Operating Officer Dominica B. Chua, ERUF BOT Treasurer Mona Li, ERUF BOT member Dr. Jesus Ravanes, and ERUF’s Brenda Salvaña witnessed the agreement signing.

To help train emergency responders, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. donated P1.58 million to the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation (ERUF) for the construction of its five-room training center at the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City.

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