Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Visayan Art Highlighted at 10th VIVA-ExCon

Visayan art shone during the 10th Visayan Islands Visual Artists Exhibition-Convention (VIVA-ExCon) held last November 27 – 29 in various areas in Cebu City,

Known as the longest-running biennial art event in the Philippines, the event brought together artists from all over the Visayas in order to showcase the unique and multicultural potential of the Visayans as well as to highlight their achievements in their respective fields of the visual arts, like painting, mixed media, sculpture, installation, collage, performance art, video art, and the like.

The three-day event was filled with exhibitions, seminars, workshops, art demonstration classes, and self-help programs that helped participants amateur artists to develop and progress as practitioners.

A Curator’s Forum and exhibit was held on November 27 at SM City Cebu. In the morning of November 28, participants attended the Art seminar held at the College of Architecture and Fine Arts Building of the University of San Carlos - Talamban campus and at the University of the Philippines Cebu College campus in Lahug. In the afternoon, delegates convened at Mountain View Park in Busay. There, the delegates came together to mount a collaborative installation art projects with the theme: "Sugbu sa Akong Panumduman" (Cebu in My Mind). These projects were exhibited together with a free concert in the evening.

During the last day of the event, three simultaneous art workshops about scrapology or creative scrap metal sculpture-making, advanced printmaking techniques, and digital photography were held at the Maribago Bluewater Resort in Mactan Island. The third and final exhibition was opened in the evening. Titled "Garbo sa Bisaya", the exhibition honored eight revered Visayan artists, whose contribution to Philippine Art is undoubted. The artists honored in the exhibition were Nelfa Querubin, Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi, Charlie Co, Nunelucio Alvarado, Manuel Rodriguez, Sr., Romulo Galicano, National Artist Napoleon V. Abueva, and Raul Isidro.

The 10th VIVA-ExCon is organized by Pusod Inc. and supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, SM City Cebu, University of the Philippines, University of San Carlos, Kukuk's Nest, Pow! Designs, San Miguel Corporation, City Government of Cebu, and Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Traditional and Alternative Medicine as Main Focus in Health Care Month Convention

With the country’s vast natural resources and rich history in alternative medicine, specialists in various fields of traditional and alternative health care discussed new developments in their respective field during the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) 5th Annual Convention held last November 19 – 21, 2008 at the Pan Pacific Manila in Malate, Manila City.

Carrying the theme "Harmonizing Traditional, Alternative and Modern Medicine for Today's Health Care”, the event, which coincided with the celebration of the Traditional and Alternative Health Month, aims to provide new insights in herbal medicine practice, increase awareness and advocate the use of effective alternative and traditional medicines that are available in the market.

During the convention, medical experts and government officials shared new information on known areas of traditional and alternative health care. Some notable personalities include Department of Tourism Assistant Secretary for Sports and Wellness Tourism Cynthia L. Carrion who discussed on how the Philippines can become the new hub of wellness and medical care in Asia. Award-winning chef Felix Schoener shared his mouthwatering recipes for raw food diet. Radio broadcaster and health guru Ms. Cory Quirino talked about popular natural beauty regiments. De La Salle Health Sciences Institute - Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine chair Dr. Dante Simbulan, Jr. explained about preventive medication through Hatha Yoga. Philippine Center for Traditional and Asian Medicine chairman Dr. Tan Cho-Choing introduced the use of acupuncture for neurological disorder. University of the Philippines – Diliman Medical Anthropology Professor Dr. Michael L. Tan gave an overview on the anthroposophical concept of Filipino Traditional Healing. And Filipino healing priest Rev. Fr. Efren Borromeo of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity disclosed the principle of spiritual healing.

An exhibit of the latest traditional and medical products and methods of health care was opened last November 21, 2008. Present in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were former senator and Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Juan M. Flavier, current DOH Sec. Francisco T. Duque III, DOH Usec. Jade F. del Mundo, Ms. Cory Quirino and PITAHC Director General Dr. Juvencio F. Ordoña.

Republic Act 8423, otherwise known as the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act (TAMA) of 1997 gave rise to the creation of the PITAHC, a government owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) attached to the Department of Health. The institute was created to answer the present needs of the people on health care through the provision and delivery of traditional and alternative health care products, services and technologies that have been proven safe, effective and affordable.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Top Non-Voice Outsourcing Companies Merged for BPO Summit

Six major outsourcing trade groups from the back office processing, software development, transcription, digital animation, and game development sector merged for the BPO Summit Philippines 2008 held last December 2 to 3, 2008 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila in Ortigas Center, Quezon City.

Organized by the DL Media Focus International Inc, the trade groups who composed the Summit were Animation Council of the Philippines Inc. (ACPI), Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPA/P), Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP), Game Development Association of the Philippines (GDAP), Medical Transcription Industry Association of the Philippines Inc. (MTIAPI), and Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA).

During the summit, break-out sessions on Back Office, Transcription, Digital Animation, and Game Development discussed sector-specific business and technology issues for industry players and offered mastery classes for practitioners and students. The expo served as a venue for industry players to discover the latest technologies and solutions for their sector. The job fair, gave job seekers, especially fresh graduates, the chance to be part of the BPO industry.

Highlights of the summit include the GDAP Rock Concert and Cosplay Competition, Transcription Skills Challenge, and film screening of the winners of the recently concluded 2nd Animahenasyon Festival.

The BPO Summit Philippines 2008 was co-presented by Avaya, Diversified Technology Solutions International, Inc., (DTSI), Eastern Communications, Globe Telecom Inc., Hewlett-Packard Philippines, JP Morgan Chase & Co., and PLDT Business Solutions.

Sponsors include Bayan Business, Lexmark, Logica, Maxicare Healthcare Corporation, Medicard Philippines Inc., Teletech, Unison Computer Systems Inc., Jebsen & Jessen Communications, Jones Lang LaSalle Leechui, and Netopia Internet Café. Official SMS Solution Partner is InfoTxt. Media sponsors are ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), Business World, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Jam 88.3, Magic 89.9, 99.5 RT, 103.5 MaxFM, and Wave 89.1.

North’s Diversity Showcased in NorthPhilExpo 2008

Thousands of guests flocked the Event Centre of SM City Clark in Pampanga to see the products and learn about the tourist destinations in the northern region during the 3rd North Philippines Tourism and Travel Expo (NorthPhilExpo) 2008 held last November 14 to 16, 2008.

The travel expo, presented by the Department of Tourism Region I, II, III, and CAR Regional Offices is meant to harness the ‘touristic’ strengths and opportunities available in the four contiguous regions in the north, namely Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Cordilleras, and showcase them all in one roof for potential tourists to see for themselves what these regions have to offer even before they decide to travel. Each region showcased their favorite tourism destinations in vivid photographs and videos, cultural events and street-dancing contingents, plus their own local trade exhibits.

During the three-day event, themed “Go North! A Wellspring of Diversity”, visitors checked out more than 100 travel-related booths, showcasing each region’s different products and services. Other guests watched exhibitors in their craft demonstration. Government and private institutions offered potential tourists a list of their tourism packages, destinations, and attractions.

The event was organized by the Central Luzon Tourism Council and the Philippine Events and Themeparks Corp., together with the provinces of Aurora, Pampanga, Zambales, Tarlac, Bulacan, Bataan, and Nueva Ecija.

Event partners and sponsors include Philippine Tourism Authority, Clark Development Corporation, Clark International Airport Corporation, Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corporation, Manila North Tollways Corporation, CLTV 36, Manila Bulletin, Sun Star Pampanga and Punto Central Luzon.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Foreign Academes Joined RP in Philippine-Latin American Studies Conference

Members of the local and foreign academe met for the First Philippine-Latin American Studies Conference held last December 15 to 16, 2008 at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) in Intramuros, Manila. The event concluded last December 17, 2008 at the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development building of University of the Philippines (UP) – Diliman, Quezon City.

Organized by the Philippine Academic Consortium for Latin American Studies (PACLAS), the First Philippine-Latin American Studies carried the theme, “The Philippines and Latin America: Past, Present and Future”. The conference sought to bring together scholars on Philippine and Latin American studies here and abroad and share vital knowledge and information in order to understand the connection between the two races.

During the event, numerous experts from academic institutions here and abroad shared their researches on “Philippines in the world of Latin America”, Philippine-Mexican connections, Galeon Trade implications, perspectives on politics and migration in Mexico, construction of the Trans-Pacific Trade and its effects, Philippine-Latin American relations, development of the country in a colonial and contemporary society, architecture and urban life, regional economic and security issues, representation and consumption, and interaction in the arts.

Some of the resource persons were from the University of the Philippines, University of Asia and the Pacific, Ateneo De Manila University, De la Salle University-Dasmariñas, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and Intramuros Administration.

Foreign delegates came from the Universidad Iberoamericana (Ibero-American University) and Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Autonomous University of Puebla) in Mexico, Universidad EAFIT in Colombia, University of Vienna in Austria, Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) in Spain, National University of Ireland, Maynooth in Ireland Instituto Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais (Brazilian Institute of International Relations) in Brazil, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile), Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in South Korea, and Oberlin College and University of California-Berkeley in U.S.A.

PACLAS, founded in 2002 and initiated by the DFA, is a consortium of major Philippine universities seeking to promote academic and cultural exchange and to expand studies on Philippine-Latin American relations in collaboration with Latin American consular offices in Manila and counterpart academic institutions in Latin America.

The First Philippine-Latin American Studies Conference is co-sponsored by the City of Manila, Manila Historical and Heritage Commission, PLM, and the Office of the Chancellor of UP – Diliman.

Firearm and Airsoft Enthusiasts Assembled for Defense and Sporting Arms Show

The Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers of the Philippines (AFAD) together with the Philippines National Police (PNP) and other firearms enthusiasts held the Second part of the Defense and Sporting Arms Show (DSAS) at Hall 2 of the SM Megatrade Hall, Mega B, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City last November 13 to 17, 2008

The event, organized by Tradeshow International, Inc., carried the theme, “AFAD Aims: Strengthening the Partnership with Responsible Gun Owners”. DSAS aims to promote security, self-defense, responsible gun ownership and shooting as a sport. Moreover, the event has been a successful venue for local and foreign manufacturers, dealers, and suppliers of guns, airsoft guns and accessories in exchanging technology and promoting trade investments.

PNP Chief Director General Jesus A. Verzosa opened this year’s show, together with Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos, PNP Civil Security Group Director Ireno Bacolod, Eastern Police District director Chief Supt. Leon de la Cruz, and Mandaluyong City Police chief Senior Supt. Carlos de Sagun.

Aside from display of the latest foreign and local firearms models and shooting accessories, the exhibit displayed the winning photos of the 1st AFAD Point and Shoot Photo Competition. Participants of the photo competition include photo journalists, hobbyists, and members of the media.

The first part of the DSAS was held last July 18 – 21, 2008 at Hall 3 of SM Megatrade Hall.

The event is also supported by the Mandaluyong City Police Station, PROGUN, Philippine Practical Shooting Association, National Range Officers Institute, Philippine National Shooting Association, and Clark Eagle Shooting Range and Gun Club.

DSAS is sponsored by DZRH, Magic 89.9 , 99.5 RT, Dream FM 106.7, 105.1 Crossover, The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, People's Journal, N.U. 107, Jam 88.3, The Daily Tribune, Total Security Systems, Inc., and Ansmann Energy.

Friday, December 19, 2008

HR Heads Gathered for National Convention

HR Philippines hosted the 2nd Human Resources (HR) National Convention held at the Brokenshire College Resort and Convention Center in Madapo Hills, Davao City last November 20 to 21, 2008

With the theme “Developing a Culture of Responsive Human Resources for a World Class Philippines”, the Convention aims to enhance its participants' knowledge on emerging trends and prioritize issues of immediate concern on Human Resources.

Mr. Doodz Policarpio, President of Prudential Life and Dale Carnegie Institute gave the Keynote Address about Employee Engagement.

During the event, guest speakers tackled new developments on HR strategies, quality management system framework, presentation skills, career exploration and planning, and social entrepreneurship. Notable guest speakers include Mr. Rey Misoles, CEO and Managing Director of Maximum Performance (MaP) Consulting Group; Mr. Richard Ursua of the Development Academy of the Philippines; and Mr. Harvey Keh, Director of the Youth Leadership & Social Entrepreneur in Ateneo De Manila University – School of Government.

The 2nd HR National Convention is in cooperation with Productivity Improvement Circle Association of Southern Mindanao (PICASOM) (PICASOM), an association of Quality and Productivity Practitioners in Southern Mindanao.

Winners Danced in Triumph at 12th National Championship

Ballroom dancers from all over the country danced their way to victory in the 12th DSCPI National Championship – Alaxan FR Cup held last November 8, 2008 at the PhilSports Multipurpose Arena in Pasig City.

Four hundred dancers joined this year’s National Dancesport Championship, organized by the Dancesport Council of the Philippines Inc. (DSCPI) Seven licensed adjudicators of the International Dance Sport Federation (IDSF) from Europe and Asia served as judges during the competition. In the end, Dancesport-Team Cebu City (DTCC) reigned supreme in the event as the group, lead by DTCC founder and director Edward Hayco, bagged nine gold, nine silver and eight bronze medals in different categories under the Latin and Standard dance sport disciplines.

As a sign of support to the event, President Gloria Macapagal – Arroyo, through Proclamation 1639, declared November 3 – 10 as the National Dance Sport Week.

The 12th DSCPI National Dancesport Championship is sponsored by Alaxan FR, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), Water Zone, Edsa Shangri-la Hotel, Savannah Moon, NU107, Studio 116 Dance School, and Manila Times.

NGO Heads Celebrate Social Development Week

Heads of non-government organizations (NGO) in the country renewed the role of NGO in ushering civil reforms during the Social Development Week celebration held last December 5 – 12, 2008.

Last year’s Social Development Week, with the theme, “Kasali Ka, Sumama Ka”, aims to promote public awareness of the roles of NGO’s and their contributions to national development.

During the week-long celebration, enterprising NGO’s promoted their unique products and services from all over the country in the Development Trade Fair at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City from December 8 – 11, 2008.

Fora about social responsibility, national issues, civil-society relations, and good governance were held in different venues of Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines – Diliman, and Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO Innotech) in Quezon City.

These fora were organized by different NGO’s and academic organizations including Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA), Asia Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (AsiaDHRRA), Economic, Social And Cultural Rights Network in Asia (ESCR-Asia), Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), Citizens' Council for Human Rights, (CCHR), Waging Peace Philippines, Western Visayas Network of Social Development NGOs (WEVNet,) Center for Community Journalism and Development (CCJD), Institute for Popular Democracy (IPD), and the UP Asian Center.

The event coincided with the 12th National Assembly of Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO). The group held their Development Forum Series with the theme “Change for Good Governance, Good Governance for Change”.

The 2008 Social Development Week Celebration is presented by CODE-NGO in partnership with the Peace & Equity Foundation (PEF) and the Association of Foundations (AF).

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Military Teams Visited RP for 18th ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet

Representatives of the military unit of various Asian countries visited the Philippines for the 18th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Armies Rifle Meet (AARM) and the 9th ASEAN Chiefs of Armies Multilateral Meeting (ACAMM) held last December 4 – 10, 2008 at the CAMP O'Donnell in Capas, Tarlac.

The AARM aims to develop and strengthen the relationship between the military personnel on all levels of the ASEAN Armies, from senior military leaders to the soldiers of the lower ranks, through rifle, pistol and carbine competitions.

Participants of the AARM came from the Indonesian National Army, Lao People's Army, Malaysian Army, Myanmar Armed Forces, Philippine Army, Royal Brunei Land Forces, Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, Singapore Army, Thailand Army, and Vietnam People's Army. These soldiers competed in five different categories, namely: Rifle, Carbine, Machine Gun, Pistol Ladies and Pistol Men. Chiefs and Deputies of the Army and Contingent Commanders had their VIP Novelty Shoot Competition during the event.

Indonesian Army was hailed as the Overall Team Champion for the Rifle, Carbine, Pistol Men and Pistol Ladies Category and the Falling Plates Champion for the Rifle, Carbine, and Machine Gun Match. Three sergeants from the Indonesian Army were awarded as Overall Individual Champion for Carbine, Pistol Men, and Pistol Ladies. The Royal Thai Army on the other hand, bagged the trophy for Overall Team Champion for Machine Gun Category while two Master Sergeants won Overall Individual Champion for Rifle and Machine Gun Category. The Singapore Army was the Falling Plates Champion for Pistol Men while the Philippine Army managed to win Falling Plates Champion for Pistol Ladies.

ACAMM, on the other hand, is intended to foster military-to-military cooperation, develop interpersonal relationships and contribute to regional dialogue and stability. The theme for this year’s Multilateral Meeting is "Ensuring Regional Peace and Stability through the Collective Strength of the ASEAN Armies.”

During the event, army representatives discussed ways to combat the transnational problem of terrorism. In addition, military heads exchanged vital information on how to combat local terrorists and ensure security among ASEAN countries. Philippine Army and supported by Shooters Arms Manufacturing (S.A.M.) Inc., Jolibee, Globe Telecom, hCoca-Cola, and Willi Hahn Enterprises.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Tech Enthusiasts Flocked SMX for COMDDAP Manila Expo 2008

Hundreds of information technology (I.T.) managers, programmers, software engineers, professors, students, and tech-savvy individuals filled the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City for the Computer Manufacturers, Distributors and Dealers Association of the Philippines (COMDDAP) Manila Expo 2008 held last December 4 – 7, 2008.

Now on its 40th year, this year’s theme, “Live I.T., Love I.T.”, reflects how I.T has changed the Filipino lifestyle and still, it continues to evolve in response to the growing consumer market. The event also presented to the market the latest technology and innovation in the different aspects of I.T. and served as a venue for consumers and businessmen to transact directly with suppliers and distributors.

Aside from seminars, conferences, and product demos, highlights of the event include the Great Projector Shoot-out, Robotics Obstacle Race, Google Earth Amazing Race, and the Original Pinoy Innovations, the latter occupied a major portion of the exhibit floor and provided a much-needed venue to showcase Filipino talent and inventions, which, according to COMDDAP, has not quite received their fair share of attention in the country.

COMDDAP is an association of the country's top information technology businesses. The association aims to “promote the sustainable development of the country's information technology industry through voluntary collaboration of its member companies”. Currently, it has 29 primary members and 14 associate members.

Executives, Officials Ran at 25th Executive Classic

Businessmen, professionals, and government officials from all over the metro traded their suits and suede shoes for running shirts and rubber shoes and ran around the University of the Philippines (UP) – Diliman Campus for the 25th Executive Classic held last December 7, 2008.

With the theme, “Human Energy for the Filipino Race”, the 25th Executive Classic is dubbed as the oldest and only running event in the country for executives, businessmen, and professionals.

The objective of this year’s race is to promote physical fitness, energy conservation and environmental protection. Through running, participants become physically fit and, eventually, become less reliant on fossil fuels for mobility. This, in turn, harnesses human energy to beat the energy and environment crises.

The organizers, the Executive Runners Club of the Philippines (RUNNEX), chose UP Diliman as the site of the race because the venue has the best air quality in Metro Manila. According to RUNNEX, “They [participants] will enjoy running under the old acacia trees around the sprawling university campus and experience the December morning mist blanketing the campus greenery.”

Participants of the 5-kilometer race started at the UP Theater Oblation and ran along Magsaysay Ave. to Osmena Ave. from Guerero St., made a U-Turn at the intersection of University Ave., and Jacinto St., ran along Manuel Roxas Ave. passing through Regidor St. towards Quirino Ave, and finishing the race through E. Delos Santos St. Participants of the 10-kilometer race had to run the course twice. All finishers were given t-shirts, certificates, and freebies.

This event served as a tune-up race for the First Quezon City International Marathon slated on October 2009.

The 25th Executive Classic is in cooperation with Quezon City government and Tourism Council, Pharmaton, Adidas, BPI Foundation, and the UP College of Human Kinetics.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Poets, Essayists Gathered for Annual Writers Congress

The country’s literary writers gathered at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad ng Sining of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Roxas Boulevard, Manila for the 51st Philippine PEN (Poets and Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) Annual Congress last December 6, 2008.

Guided by the theme, “Literature from the Margins: Changes in the Literary Canon”, the event, organized by the Philippine Center of the International PEN (PCI-PEN) aims to address the issues and changes that has transpired in Philippine Literature over the past few years.

During the event, three new PEN books, including two anthologies were launched. These are Stage Presence: Philippine PEN Anthology of Drama edited by Jose Victor Z. Torres; Past and Present: Philippine PEN Anthology, Volume I, edited by Elmer A. Ordoñez, Marjorie Evasco, Susie Tan and Lilia Ramos de Leon; and Midnight Children by Ester V. Daroy.

Three literary sessions about the different issues and challenges in Philippine Literature were managed by notable literary writers. The first literary session, “Struggle/People’s Literature” was headed by UP Film Institute Professor Rolando Tolentino. Panelists include Ms. Lualhati Abreu, Ms. Mila Aguilar, Mr. Gelacio Guillermo, Mr. Domingo Landicho, Mr. Jose Rey Munsayac, Mr. Axel Pinpin, Mr. Alexander Martin Remollino, and Mr. Norman Wilwayco.

Professor Shirley Lua served as chair for the second literary session; “Gender Issues in Literature” Panelists were Mr. Ronald Baytan, Ms. Karina Bolasco, Mr. Neil Garcia, Ms. Thelma B. Kintanar, and Ms. Jessica Zafra.

The last literary session, “Critical Issues/Special Topics”, was headed by PCI-PEN Chair Elmer A. Ordoñez. With him are Ms. Susan Lara, Ms. Malou Jacob, Mr. Rosario Cruz Lucero, Mr. Charlson Ong, Ms. Maria Luna Sicat Cleto, Mr. Jun Cruz Reyes and National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera.

The highlight of the event was the annual Jose Rizal Lecture delivered by University of Santo Tomas Rector Magnificus and former Commission on Higher Education chair Fr. Rolando V. de la Rosa, O.P.

PCI-PEN is the local chapter of International PEN, founded by Mrs. C.A. Dawson Scott in London in 1921. According to their website, International PEN “is the only worldwide association of writers which aims are to promote literature, defend freedom of expression and develop a community of writers worldwide”. The Philippine branch was founded by National Artist for Literature Francisco Sionil José in 1957. It is the oldest writers’ association in the country.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Mother and Child as Focus of 2008 National Assembly of Diabetes Educators

Safe pregnancy for diabetic mothers was the focus of this year’s National Assembly of Diabetes Educators held last November 10, 2008 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila in Quezon City.

Organized by the Philippine Center for Diabetes Education Foundation, Inc., (PCDEF, Inc.) the assembly carried the theme,” Mother and Child: the Clinical Challenge of Managing Diabetes during Pregnancy, Infancy, and Childhood”. It presented new updates for diabetes educators on the latest medical technology that can aid diabetic women in their pregnancy. It also gave importance on early identification of symptoms to children with diabetic mothers.

Acclaimed diabetes educators shared valuable information on nutrition, meal planning, blood sugar monitoring, as well as effective and safe use of insulin analogues and oral hypoglycemic agents.

The 2008 National Assembly of Diabetes Educators is made possible with the participation of Servier Philippines Inc., Novo Nordisk, Johnson & Johnson Medical, LRI, Glaxosmithkline, Sanofi-Aventis, Natrapharm - Patriot Pharmaceutical Corp., Becton Dickinson and Co., Boie-Takeda Chemicals, Inc., Corbridge Group Philippines, Inc., Eli-Lilly Philippines, Inc., Fernando Medical Enterprises Inc., Merck Serono International, Nestle Healthcare Nutrition, Merck Sharp and Dohme Philippines, Novartis, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Pfizer, Inc., Therapharma, Inc., Terumo Medical Corporation, Roche Philippines Inc., and Abbot Diabetes Care.

Pacquiao Shelled out 2 Million for International Dartfest

Current World Boxing Council (WBC) Lightweight Champion Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao gave away a total of P2 million prize money during the Manny Pacquiao International Darts Classic held last December 12 – 15, 2008 at the Lagao Air-Conditioned Gymnasium in General Santos City, South Cotabato.

Over 400 local and international darters joined the four-day event organized by the National Darts Federation of the Philippines (NDFP). The participants competed in different categories: Open Singles, Ladies’ Singles, Youth Singles, Classified Doubles, Classified Triples, Four Person Team, and Mixed (Fixed) Doubles.

To mark the beginning of the dartfest, Mr. Pacquiao, a dart enthusiast himself, showed off his skills by throwing in some pins at the dartboard located center stage.

In the end, Malaysian Dream Team member Tengku Hadzali Shah won P320, 000.00 for the Open Singles Category. Winners for the other categories include Janice Hinojales for Ladies’ Single, Ronnie Mar Gellaga for Youth Singles, Gale Santos and Jepoy Adumduman for Classified Doubles, Dixie Ybañez, Noel Maturan, and Ramil Diaz for Classified Triples, Ybañez, Jun Espinola, Allan Medroso, and Mark Palad for Four Person Team, and Long Longyapon and Bebot Mangle from Davao City for Mixed (Fixed) Doubles.

The sports event is supported by the Mindanao Archipelago Dart Federation, Association of General Santos City Darters and the local government of General Santos City led by Mayor Pedro Acharon and sponsored by Robson Sportscraft and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. Official Dartboard supplier is Razor Dartboards. Media partners include Solar Sports, Manila Bulletin, and DZSR – Sports Radio.

RP, Others Sailed Away for Manning and Training Conference

Manning and training experts from the Philippines and abroad met at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila from November 4 to 5 for the 9th Asia-Pacific Manning and Training Conference.

Carrying the theme, “Applying New Strategies to Address the Crewing Crisis”, the conference focused on the current crisis experienced by the whole industry, specifically, the significant decrease of seafarers that has been affecting operations of several ships throughout the world.

During the event, manning and training experts discussed solutions and presented actions of manning agencies in the country to assure continuous supply of Filipino seafarers worldwide. International and local maritime experts talked about the analysis of current manpower supply and demand, appraisal of industry and training institute initiatives in retaining crews and enhancing standards, as well as a review of international regulations. Special focus were given on enhanced onboard and onshore training schemes and assessing pioneering technologies used to empower seafarers.

A pre-conference workshop on International Maritime Resource Management was held on November 3 at the same venue.

The 9th Asia-Pacific Manning and Training Conference was organized by Lloyd’s List Events and made possible with the support of Pandiman Philippines Inc., International Maritime Employers’ Committee, International Ship Managers' Association, Nautilus UK, International Shipping Federation, International Federation of Shipmasters' Associations, Global Maritime Education and Training Association, The Nautical Institute, Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment, Inc., and Joint Manning Group.

Official Publications are Lloyd’s List, Lloyd's Ship Manager, and Maritime Asia. Supporting publications are PortCalls, Global Process Managers Inc., Harborscope, The Marine Café, Transport Weekly, Seaway Shipping Digest, Tinig ng Marino at DWIZ, Sailor Today, Ahoy! Magazine, Maritime Review, Marino World, ShipTalkjobs, Buhay Marino Dyaryo, and The Maritime Observer.

Sponsors and exhibitors include Walport International, Transas, Seagull, International Marine Travel Group, Det Norske Veritas, Videotel, Kongsberg, Lloyd's Maritime Academy, Instone International, Ship Equip, IDESS Interactive Technologies (IDESS I.T.), Inc., Griffin Marine Travel, WhatIf, Concateno, Maritime and Corporate Administrator of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Wartsila, Smart Link, and Professional Gear Inc.,

Thursday, December 11, 2008

School Heads Met for National Educators Congress

Department of Education (DepEd) officials along with representatives from the public and private basic education system convened at the Teachers Camp in Baguio City for the 2008 National Educators' Congress held last December 2-4, 2008.

With the theme, "Transforming Organizations: Lessons in Excellence," the event aims to further sharpen their management tools and professional skills, enhance existing programs, and build new interventions geared in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals 2 (universal primary education) and 3 (promoting gender equality and women empowerment).

Present during the event were DepEd central office heads, led by Secretary Jesli Lapuz. Also, 170 regional and 760 division participants shared their outstanding programs which address the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Education For All (EFA) goals and targets. EFA aims to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by 2015. Selected principals, teachers and parent representatives of the Parents Teachers Community Association (PCTA) were also among the other participants of the congress.

During the program, DepEd forged partnership with private companies Microsoft Philippines, McDonald’s Corporation ,ACER Philippines, and NEC Philippines.

DepEd signed a memorandum of understanding with Microsoft for “Partners in Learning Version 2”. With this, Microsoft has renewed its commitment to partners in learning in the Philippines for the next five years. The Department also signed a letter of agreement with Microsoft for DepEd’s computerization and laptop for teachers program. The agreement is called Partnership for Technology Access or PTA and it focuses on developing successful private and public partnership that is driven by synergy.

DepEd also signed an MOU with McDonalds Corporation, to hire qualified graduating students of public schools as part-time employees at McDonald’s restaurants. The MOU will enable students who are experiencing financial difficulties, to have an extra-source of income. This program will also help qualified students grow their career and learn leadership skills.

A ceremonial turn-over was also held during the program, for the equipments of ACER Philippines and NEC Philippines to be donated to selected school divisions of DepEd from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Lastly, the National Educators’ Congress served as culminating event of the Baguio Teachers’ Camp centennial celebration. To commemorate the event, two books for the Baguio Centennial were launched during the said event - a coffee table book entitled ‘Let Teachers Come Forth: Baguio Teachers Camp Centennial 1908 to 2008’ authored by a team of writers led by Dr. Juliet Mallari of the University of the Philippines and a history textbook titled “Teachers Camp, a centennial book” by Dr Lino Dizon, consultant to the Secretary of Education on Teachers Camp and the curator of the Camp’s Museum and Art Gallery.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Big Things Built at Philconstruct 2008

Big deals were closed and big partnerships were made as the biggest names in the construction products, equipment and services industry met at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City for the 18th Philippine International Construction Equipment & Building Materials Exhibition & Technology Forum held last November 13 – 16, 2008.

Organized by the Philippine Constructors Association (PCA) and managed by Global – Link Marketing and Management Services, Inc. (Global-Link), Philconstruct has become the venue for interrelated businesses to forge partnership and showcase the latest products and services in the construction, building, mining, and household industry.

PCA recently built partnership with these three major organizations in the construction and building business, namely the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA), Philippine Society of Ventilating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigerating Engineers (PSVARE), and the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID). These organizations aided PCA to make this event successful as last year’s affair.

This year’s event incorporated the 11th International Heating, Ventilating, Air conditioning, Refrigerating, Filtration and Purification Technology Exhibition & Conference (HVAC/R Philippines 2008); 3rd International Exhibition of Equipment, Machinery, Tools, Technology and Support Services for the Mining Industry (Mining Asia 2008); and the 5th International Interiors, Furnishing & Furniture, Lighting, Home Entertainment & Total Lifestyle Exhibition (Modern Home Expo 2008)

The venue was filled with over 1,000 booths from 21 countries, occupying over 25,000 sq. m. of indoor and outdoor display. In addition, the event hosted the Technoforum 2008, a combination of 50 comprehensive seminars on the latest solutions, innovations, and opportunities in the construction and building industry.

Philconstruct 2008 is presented by Samsung and DVM Plus lll and sponsored by Boysen Paint, Cemex Philippines, Davies Paints, Holcim Philippines Inc., Lafarge , Monark CAT, and Sanyo Philippines Inc.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Mechanical Engineers Celebrated 56-year History at SMX

In celebration of its 56th year as the sole accredited organization for mechanical engineers in the country, the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME) staged its Annual National Convention, together with its 5th International Expo on Mechanical Engineering last November 4-7, 2008 at the Hall 1, SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

Carrying the theme: "Responding to Global Mechanical Safety, efficiency and Environmental Protection", this year’s convention aims to educate and promote the safety of mechanical engineers in their working environment. Furthermore, it seeks to aid the rest of the world in finding solutions and using new technology that would help save the environment.

PSME has arranged several activities during the event for all members and non-members of the organization which include seminars, workshops, product presentations, sports tournament, and technical paper presentation.

The event is in conjunction with the 33rd Annual National Convention and Expo of the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines.

Established back in 1952, and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1955, the PSME aspires to become a group that would unify all mechanical engineers in the country in pursuance of professional growth, maintenance of integrity and fortification of the engineering profession. PSME was accredited by the Professional Regulations Commission on July 8, 1975 as the national professional organization for Mechanical Engineers. Currently, it now has 86 chapters nationwide and from the Middle East.

The 56th Annual National Convention and 5th International Expo on Mechanical Engineering is organized by the PSME and Cut Unlimited Inc. This is in cooperation with the Philippine Institute of Supply Management, Department of Energy, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Training Institute of Manila Engineers Foundation, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Department of Labor and Employment, Philippine Federation of Professional Associations and Philippine Technological Council.

Maritime Officials Sailed to Subic for International Conference

Different representatives of Asian ports met from October 28 – 29, 2008 at the newly built Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center in Subic Bay Freeport Zone for its 10th International Network of Affiliated Ports (INAP) Conference.

With the theme “Emerging Roles in Asian Ports”, the INAP Conference aims to exchange and share information on marine transport and port affairs, study and discuss potential measures to promote mutual exchanges, and create a world scale port network which could respond the needs of marine transport on the basis of intra-regional networks consisting of member ports.

More than 200 guests from the different INAP Members attended the conference. During the first day of the event, INAP Chairmanship was formally turned over from the Port of Kochi, Japan to the Port of Subic Bay, Philippines and approved the designation of Mokpo Newport, Korea as the INAP Host for 2009. Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairman Feliciano Salonga served as the Chairman for the 10th Conference. On the second day, plenary and panel sessions were held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center. In the afternoon, most of the delegates were brought to Clark Freeport Zone for a technical briefing and tour of the facility.

INAP is composed of seven ports found in the Asia Pacific Region. These are Cebu and Subic Bay Port for the Philippines; Port of Colombo for Sri Lanka; Port of Kochi, located in Shikoku Island, Japan; Qingdao Port in China; Tanjung Perak in Java, Indonesia; and Mokpo Newport located in Korea.

INAP came from the vision of Hon. M. H. M. Ashraff, PC, MP, former Minister of Ports Development, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Sri Lanka. In 1998, he was inspired when the Port of Kochi opened and stated that affiliate ports in the region should come together. With this, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority held the 1st INAP Conference at Colombo on November 17-19, 1998. This was attended by 6 ports, including the Philippines. Since then, INAP members have met yearly to seek innovations discovered by co-members and address issues that affect the maritime industry.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Philippine Asian MICE Forum 2010

Experts and professionals from the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry gathered and discussed the trends and directions of the regional and global market during the Philippine Asian MICE Forum last August 27 to 28 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City.

Organized by the Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (PACEOS) and supported by the Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation (PCVC), and Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA), the MICE Forum carried the theme “21st Century Asia and the Global MICE Market” which reflected its goal to compete with the other MICE hubs like Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Macau, Malaysia, Thailand, and Shanghai and present the Philippines as a ‘potentially formidable player’ in this industry.

During the event, notable personalities from different sectors shared their knowledge about the ‘new wave destinations’ of the MICE industry, client satisfaction, proper costs and pricing for events, bidding for international events, safety and security during events, and capitalizing on festival tourism.

The two-day event was participated by Philippine Airlines, Stage Craft International, The Brain Computer Corp., Fuego Hotels, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Multistiq, Inc., JIMAC Inc., The Heritage Hotel Manila, Traders Hotel Manila, Agility Logistics, CENTREX Corp., CITEM, Cityneon Philippines, Inc., Coltrans USA Inc., Cut Unlimited Inc., Danex Signs Inc., Ex-Link Events, Globalink MP Events International, Inc., Media G8way Corp., PETCO, Philippine International Convention Center, PEPGroup, Primetrade Asia Inc., SMX Convention Center, TeamAsia, and World Trade Center – Manila. Its media partners were ABS-CBN Foundation Inc., BayanNiJuan, Business World, Manila Bulletin, and Mellow 94.7. 

For more information about the event, contact Global-Link MP Events International Inc. at (632) 750-8588, 887-1304; fax (632) 750-8585; email: info@globallinkmp.com, or visit their website at www.globallinkph.com.