Thursday, April 30, 2009

RAP Spearheads 2009 Annual Reading Convention

School administrators, department heads, reading program coordinators, and professors from all over the Philippines participated in the Reading Association of the Philippines (RAP) Annual Summer Conference held last April 24 – 25, 2009 at St. Paul University Auditorium, St. Paul University in Pedro Gil St., Manila.

Organized by the Reading Association of the Philippines, in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education, the conference carried the theme, “Developing Reading Comprehension Across Levels”. The event aims to bring together reading education, readership, methods and strategies in teaching reading practitioners from various parts of the country, to share their research and best practices on reading assessment and intervention.

During the annual convention, several plenary sessions on literacy, developmental reading, and literacy and technology were conducted by professors from different universities in the Philippines. This year’s featured speaker was Dr. Maryann Manning, a board member of the International Reading Association, who explained about early literacy and Research on Reading Teacher Development.

On the other hand, Dr. Rosemary Green from Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao and Dr. Dianne Dekker from Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) discussed about Multilingual Literacy. Representatives from the Philippine Board on Books for Young People, Reach out and Read – Philippines, and Read or Die Book Club informed the participant about their literary advocacies. Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary Dr. Fortunato De la Peña and DepEd Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo jointly shared their knowledge on Literacy and Technology.

UP Centennial Artists Held “Festival” Exhibit

The distinguished University of the Philippines (UP) Centennial Artists group held a painting exhibition at the Trade Hall of the Gateway Mall at the Araneta Center in Quezon City last April 23 to June 5, 2009.

Entitled “Festival”, the exhibit had for its theme the various festivities all over the country, given the Filipinos’ innate love for celebrations, and showcased the works of several outstanding UP alumni painters.

“Festival” is their first exhibition 2009 and fourth in a series since the UP Centennial Artists were formed as a group in June 2008, during the year-long celebration of the University of the Philippines’ one hundredth year anniversary. The series began with highly successful “100 Years/100 Nudes” in August, followed by a multi-themed exhibit in November, and climaxed with a “Mother and Child” exhibition last December 18, 2008 at the Trade Hall of the Gateway Mall.

The continuing series is organized by UP Centennial Artist Romy Carlos as a project of the UP Alumni Association in cooperation with fellow-UP alumnus, Mr. Jorge Araneta, proprietor of the Araneta Center in Quezon City.

Participating artists were: National Artist Jose Joya, Jess Abrera, Mar Bongalon, Angel Cacnio, Ferdie Cacnio, Michael Cacnio, Alfred Capiral, Romy Carlos, Carlos Castro, Cris Cruz, Denis Dasco, Raul Dayao, Neil Doloricon, Bert Duldulao, Tessie Duldulao, Nonoy Gamboa, Ding Hidalgo, Pete Jimenez, Aileen Lanuza, Herman Lazo, Bing Changco-Libatique, Manolo Lozada, Romi Mananquil, Norlito Miemban, Gig De Pio, Symkin De Pio, Vincent De Pio, Myrna Reyes, Tito Roy, Jonahmar Salvosa, Pyt Santos, Lenore Raquel-Santos, Nanding Sena, Randy Solon, Boy Valino, Ana Vergel and Rick De Villa.

For more information about the event, contact the UP Alumni Association at (632) 929-8327, 920-6868, 920-6871, email, or visit their website at

RP Celebrates International Dance Day thru Dance Xchange

Philippine dance troupes, together with international dance groups, celebrated the International Dance Day with seminars, workshops, and cultural presentations during the Dance Xchange: 1st Philippine International Dance Workshop and Festival held last April 28 – May 1, 2009 in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

Organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the annual national dance congress aims to provide a venue for interaction and to facilitate learning among dancers, directors, choreographers as well as t tourism and cultural officers. The event is designed to provide new ideas and inspiration to encourage creativity of dance educators, directors, and choreographers.

Dance Xchange is also intended to showcase the unique dances of each country to promote cultural understanding and to strengthen network among dance organizations and diplomatic relations of the participating countries.

International delegations included Universiti Malaysia Sarawak Dance Troupe, the Dance Academy of Kuching Malaysia, Persadaku Seni Dancers of Singapore, Spanish Dance Troupe, Chinese Dance Company, Beijing Dance Academy, Japanese Dancers, Aswara Dancers of Malaysia, Korea, and Macau Dancers.

Local performing groups also joined the celebration, which included the Philippine National Folkdance Company (Bayanihan) Leyte Dance Theater, Philippine National University Kislap ng Sining Dance Troupe, Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe, Sinukwan Performing Arts, Douglas Nierras Powerdance, Halili-Cruz Dance Company, ADS Performing Arts, University of San Carlos Dance Troupe, Helobung Community Dance Troupe, Inc., Bohol Punta Cruz Cultural Collective, Kahayag of South Cotabato, Professional Dance Teachers Association, Hwa Yi Ethnic Dance Troupe, Jambangan Dance Troupe, Sinanduloy Dance Troupe, and MEV Dance Troupe.

For more information about the event, contact the NCCA-Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) at (632) 527-5529, 527-2192 loc. 508, 612 to 615, email at, or visit their website

Friday, April 24, 2009

Ensuring Review Center Ethical Conduct in the First RECAP Conference

With the rise in the number of review centers in the past few years, all intent in producing highly qualified professionals, the Review Center Association of the Philippines (RECAP) organized its first Review Center Conference last April 17 at the Rigodon Hall of the Manila Hotel.

RECAP aims not only to serve as a uniting body for its members, but also to promote the highest possible ethical and professional standards of review centers. The organization officially launched its Code of Ethics at their first ever conference, with Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar as one of the guest speakers.

Rep. Villar discussed in her speech the status of higher education in the Philippines and its resulting impact to the review center industry.

RECAP is the first organization of review centers to be duly recognized by the Securities and Exchange Commission, given accreditation on Nov. 9 of 2006. The group started with only five member review centers, but has since expanded its membership to almost 25 review centers all over the country.

Ensuring Review Center Ethical Conduct in the First RECAP Conference

With the rise in the number of review centers in the past few years, all intent in producing highly qualified professionals, the Review Center Association of the Philippines (RECAP) organized its first Review Center Conference last April 17 at the Rigodon Hall of the Manila Hotel.

RECAP aims not only to serve as a uniting body for its members, but also to promote the highest possible ethical and professional standards of review centers. The organization officially launched its Code of Ethics at their first ever conference, with Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar as one of the guest speakers.

Rep. Villar discussed in her speech the status of higher education in the Philippines and its resulting impact to the review center industry.

RECAP is the first organization of review centers to be duly recognized by the Securities and Exchange Commission, given accreditation on Nov. 9 of 2006. The group started with only five member review centers, but has since expanded its membership to almost 25 review centers all over the country.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

PATLS Organized National Conference for Librarians, Students

Teachers, students, librarians, as well as library support staff converged in the National Conference on Library and Information Science Education held at the Ortigas Foundation Library, Ortigas Center in Pasig City last April 13 – 14, 2009.

Organized by the Philippine Association of Teachers of Library and Information Science (PATLS), the conference aims to improve the passing rate of examinees in the licensure examination and to update teachers, students and practicing librarians on current issues and trends in the profession

During the first day of the conference, notable professors enlightened guests and participants on various topics. Ms. Perla Garcial, former De La Salle University Library Director, discussed "New Age Competencies of Library and Information Science Professionals". Dr. Allan de Guzman, 2007 Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) – Jasper Research Awardee, talked about “Integrating Education, Research and Practice”. Prof. Johann Frederick A. Cabbab, Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies gave a clear connection between “Social Networking and Library Service”. Prof. Corazon Nera, Director of Libraries of Lyceum of the Philippines University – Manila, led the open forum on librarian licensure examination.

The last day of the conference began with four librarian licensure exam topnotchers Mr. Vernon Totanes (1st place, 2004), Ms. Ma Cristina Nabaunag (1st place, 2006), Mr. Elijah Dar Juan (1st place 2008), and Mr. Eduardo Puzon (10th place, 2008) sharing their secrets on how to ace the board exam. Later on, Members of the PATLS conducted their general assembly while non-members were toured around the Ortigas Foundation Library.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Social Networking and E-Business Conference All Set this April

Be prepared for Marketing and Advertising in the 21st century by attending the 2nd Social Networking and E-Business Conference 2009 on April 23 – 24, 2009 at the Hotel Intercontinental, Makati City.

Organized by Fiera de Manila and DigitalFilipino Club, in cooperation with and, the event aims to present social networking sites as the new venue for marketing and advertising. It is undeniable that social networking has reached its level of popularity with sites like Friendster , Facebook, and MySpace boasting of a membership reaching hundreds of millions. Still, many corporate executives either dismiss social networking as a distraction or regard it as a risk management problem. In corporations where such tools have been expected to bring profound transformations, there is still a strong resistance to change. By utilizing the wide reach and audience of social networking sites, blog, and other Web 2.0 platforms, companies will be able to communicate to their market more effectively.
Amongst the conference topics to be highlighted in this learning event are:

  • Ms. Janette Toral, Founder, for “Harnessing the Top Social Media Sites (Friendster, Facebook, Multiply, MySpace, etc)” ,
  • Mr. Andrian Lee, General Manager, Asia Pay for “Application Platforms Race to Micro-Payments”,
  • Mr. Jerome Almirante, Head, VAS and Data Services, Smart Communications, Inc. for “Using Mobile Technologies to Extend Social Networking”,
  • Mr. Phil Cahiwat, Chief Content Officer,Level Up! for “Digital Marketing Through Online Games”,
  • Mr. Adonis Yap, President, and and Ms. Crisela Cervantes, Head Customer Services, ABS-CBN Interactive/Multiply for “Advance Social Networking and Advertising”,
  • Mr. Christian Lim, Product Manager, SMEG Marketing, PLDT SME Nation for “Enabling SMEs Through Internet and Other Technologies”,
  • Mr. Cyril Rocke, President, DataOne Asia for “The Next Generation Communication Services”
  • Atty. JJ Disini, Professor, UP College of Law for “Data Privacy in Social Networks”,
  • Mr. Wilson Chua, CEO, Bitstop Network Solutions and Mr. Cris Conception, Head, Sales and Business Operations, Yahoo! Philippines for “Application Development Platform Updates”,
  • Mr. Ranulf Goss, Technical Director, SunGame for “Having a Start-Up Business in Web 3.0 Era”,
  • Wendy S. Ang, Founder, My Optimind Solutions and Janette Toral, Founder, for “Search Engine Optimization and Marketing”,
  • Mr. Jay Frank de Jesus, Founder, Titik Pilipino for “Philippine Music Surviving the Download Era”,

A mini-exhibit of products, goods, and services featuring state-of-the-art technologies of Web 2.0 will run simultaneous with this two-day conference.

The 2nd Social Networking and E-Business Conference 2009 is sponsored by Yahoo! Philippines,, PLDT SME Nation, Smart Communications, Inc.,, Business World,, IT Matters, Business Mirror and

For registration and inquiries, please contact the Event Manager at (632) 896-0639, 896-0637, 899-6216 or e-mail at Visit the website at or

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Terry Larrazabal Bike Festival 2009 Drew Local and International Cyclists

Terry Larazabal Bike FestivalOver 15,000 cyclists from all over the country and around the world pedaled their way towards Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales for the 7th Terry Larrazabal Bike Festival (TLBF) held last April 2 – 5, 2009.

The sports event, presented by Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Department of Tourism (DOT) and Caltex, aims to cultivate interest in sports, specifically biking. Furthermore, it aims to promote bicycling as an alternative means of transportation that is environment friendly.

TLBF, which started in 2002, is the only multi-discipline cycling event of its kind in the Philippines and Asia, where races and other activities are held for three days in one location. The races include road, mountain bike downhill, mountain bike cross-country, trials, and BMX freestyle and jumping, among others.

During the event, several races, stunt, and trial competitions were staged for enthusiasts and professionals bikers. These include Mountain Bike Cross Country, 4X, Dirt Jumping, and Downhill Competitions and the BMX Supercross and Dirt Jumping Competition.

Former Philippine Bicycle Team member Baby Marites Bitbit dominated the women’s division while March McQuinn Aleonar from the Philippine Army ruled in the Elite Pro division of the Mountain Bike Cross Country category.

For the first time ever in its history, this year’s edition of the TLBF included a triathlon where Mr. Mathieu O’Halloran finished first in the 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run in 1:27:25. He was followed by Mr. Mark Ellis with 1:43:39 and Mr. Antonio Lopez with 1:47:30.

Aside from competitions, the TLBF held the 2009 FilBike Bicycle Expo where former Multiple-UCI World Champion and Mountain Bike Hall of Famer Hans “No Way” Rey talked about Wheels 4 Life, a non-profit foundation that has been assisting the less privileged in acquiring a bike. This year’s winner of the Downhill competition, current Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) 4X World Champion Brian Lopes, also shared his experience in competing in a World Cup. International bike builder Jeff Jones, winner of the 3rd Philippine Trials Competition, revealed the philosophy behind designing non suspended bicycles. While Banshee Bikes Chief Operating Officer Mr. Jay Macneil talked about Bicycle suspension 101.

The 7th Terry Larrazabal Bike Festival is co-presented by , and Bike Town Cyclery, sponsored by Gatorade, Smart Communications, Rudy Project Eyewear, Jägermeister, Business Mirror, Pinoy Bikes, Chris Sports, Deuter Bags, Cafe Breton, Sportspray, Enervon-C Multivitamins, Flanax, and the following media partners: Dirt Rag Mountain Bike Magazine, Men's Health Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, MTV Philippines, XFM 92.3, Wave 89.1, and Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

BIOTA Staged 44th National Convention and Scientific Sessions

The Biology Teachers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (BIOTA-Phils., Inc.), in cooperation with the University of Makati and Commission on Higher Education, held its 44th annual BIOTA National Convention and Scientific Sessions last April 2 – 4, 2009 at the University of Makati in West Rembo, Makati City.

Guided by the theme, “Biologists in Biosource Exploration and Conservation”, the national convention aims to affirm the biologist's vital role as agent of change in the exploration and conservation of the Earth's bioresources. Furthermore, it aims to identify effective ways by which contemporary teaching approaches and practical research methods can be integrated into the Biology course at different education levels. The convention also stressed the responsibility of biology teachers and researches in promoting interest, understanding, and appreciation of biological science. The convention provided a venue for teachers to share their experiences and to enhance their knowledge on research works, teaching innovations, and other creative activities that may help improve and promote Biology education in the country.

The event was attended by biology teachers and researchers from all levels of public and private schools and educational institutions nationwide. Major activities during the event included plenary sessions, seminars, workshops, demonstrations, hands-on activities, poster exhibits/discussions, and commercial exhibits.

Aside from the formal convention, a fellowship night and testimonial dinner was staged at the University of Makati food court. Also, a field trip of the whole length of Pasig River was arranged, sponsored by the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission. Complimentary tickets to the Manila Ocean Park were given to all members of BIOTA where the delegates enjoyed a night of fun filled adventures.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Job Fairs are Effective – DOLE

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Marianito Roque defended the conduct of job fairs held in several parts of the country and stated that these are not mere gimmicks.

Secretary Roque said, in a statement released at DOLE website, that job fairs are crucial measures in helping employers find appropriate skills they need, at the same time, facilitating the placement of workers in need of jobs. He further claimed that a total of 1,032 job fairs were conducted nationwide between January and November last year which offered 1.34 million job vacancies.

Sec. Roque cleared that not all job vacancies are filled up immediately after job fairs since companies still undergo rigid selection of short listed applicants met through job fairs. “Selection may start with an initial interview of applicants as the fair is going on…the recruitment of selected applicants who troop to job fairs usually takes place at the company level, where management makes the final choice out of initial interviews and résumés of jobseekers it had gathered during a job fair,” the Secretary adds.

Moreover, skill mismatch is still a perennial problem among applicants given that most jobseekers do not have the necessary qualifications or skills required by the employers. This entails the company to continuously participate in other job fairs to be able to find the applicant they are looking for.

Sec. Roque adds, “job fair also offers services whereby workers are given opportunities to embark on livelihood projects or to undergo skills training and upgrading to enable them meet the skills requirements of industry."

Please visit the Events and Seminar page for a list of job fairs in the Metro. thanks its following sources:

DOLE Information and Publication Service. Job fairs help solicit 1.34 million jobs in 2008 – DOLE (Posted March 16, 2009) Retrieved March 18, 2009 from

Jaymalin, Mayen, Over 50,000 local jobs available – DOLE (Posted March 17, 2009) Retrieved March 18, 2009 from

Wakefield, Francis T., Manila Bulletin. DOLE says job fairs help solicit 1.34 million jobs in 2008 (Posted March 16, 2009) Retrieved March 18, 2009 from

Marsigan, Fernan and Sara Fabunan, Business Mirror. Revised SSS law to help unemployed; DOLE defends job fairs as effective. 2008 (Posted March 16, 2009) Retrieved March 18, 2009 from

Gov't encourages new graduates to avail of local, global opportunities in nationwide job fair (Posted March 13, 2009) Retrieved March 18, 2009 from

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Philippine Designers Goes Green at Manila FAME International

Eco-friendly design takes center stage at Asia’s Best Design Destination - Manila Furnishings and Apparel Manufacturers Exchange International (Manila FAME) scheduled on April 15-18, 2009 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. As many as 300 world-class designers and manufacturers will present their eco-inspired creations made of indigenous and sustainable materials from the Philippines.

The event is a flagship project of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), an attached agency of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry. For 25 years, the show has been instrumental in the promotion and development of the home and fashion lifestyle industries for the export market.

As Asia’s undisputed best design destination, Manila FAME participants and exhibitors pride themselves in being pioneers in using recyclable and eco-friendly materials such as scrap metals, wood shavings, egg shells, and even abandoned insect colonies. These entrepreneurs came up with fresh, original, innovative designs in home pieces and fashion wearable even at a time when recycling was not yet in fashion.

Over the years, a number of “green-fluenced” companies have been joining Manila FAME to showcase product design innovation in gifts and house ware, furniture, fashion, holiday décor, and health and wellness services. These innovative products show that saving the environment is not just a fad.

“We believe that designing an eco-friendly product starts with an understanding of your environment first. We recognize that sustainable and renewable resources are around us,” shared Manila FAME exhibitor Mr. Pete Delantar of Natures Legacy, a manufacturer of artistic and functional home pieces and various outdoor accessories.

Manila FAME is accredited by UFI, a Paris-based organization of leading trade show organizers and recognized by major international associations in the exhibitions industry. A number of exhibitors in the show have been recipients of Germany’s Red Dot Award, Japan’s Good Design Award, UNESCO-AHPADA Seal of Excellence for Handicraft Products in Southeast Asia. They have also been featured in the International Design Yearbook. In its 25-year history, the show has transformed small and medium-sized companies into flourishing industries that provide jobs to our people and drive the economy.

“Manila FAME International is not just your ordinary run-of-the-mill”, said CITEM Deputy Executive Director Thelma Dumpit-Murillo. “When we bring our exporters to join shows overseas, we carry the Philippine flag. We are the face of our country and so there is no space for less than world-class products. It is also a perfect example of the synergistic partnership between government and private sector with government creating the environment conducive for the exchange of goods and services.”

For more information about Manila FAME visit