Sunday, May 31, 2009

The First Carranz Outdoor National Youth Table Tennis Games

Aiming to discover fresh new talent from all over the country, as well as to foster the values of camaraderie, sportsmanship, and fair play, the Table Tennis Association of the Philippines (TATAP) organized the first ever Carranz Outdoor National Youth Table Tennis Games, slated last May 20–24 in Bacolod City.

The four-day play-offs was intended as a national selection tournament to determine the national junior table tennis pool members for the Visayas region The event was spearheaded by Mr. Alvin Carranza, chairman of the TATAP and also the head of the National Grassroots and Youth Development Program, and held in the University of St. La Salle Bacolod and the activity center in SM City Bacolod.

The games were also co-organized by the Lopues’ Table Tennis Association (LOPTTA) and conducted eight main events—girls’ and boys’ teams 13 and under; girls’ and boys’ teams 17 and under; girls’ and boys’ singles 13 and under; and girls’ and boys’ singles 17 and under. The participants in the eight main events came only from the Visayas region, while players from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao were allowed to compete in other four events—men singles non-rank, women singles non-rank, men’s team and singles in the Liha event.

* Champion – Oliva, Vince (ILOILO)
* 1st Runner – Up – Garganian, Edmund Jr. (LOPUE’S)
* 2nd Runner – Up – Gayoso, John Nino (ILOILO)

* Champion – Paulma, Beverly (LOPUE’S)
* 1st Runner – Up – Pineda, Shamiela (LOPUE’S)
* 2nd Runner – Up – Alzado, Airah (LOPUE’S)

* Champion – Garganian, Edmund Jr. (LOPUE’S)
* 1st Runner – Up – Oliva, Nikko (ILOILO)
* 2nd Runner – Up – Delariarte, Peter June (ILOILO)

* Champion - Dayap, Benjie Lyn (LOPUE’S)
* 1st Runner – Up - Paulma, Beverly (LOPUE’S)
* 2nd Runner – Up – Fadol, Rose Jean (LOPUE’S)

* Champion – Jimenez, Mark Francis (LOPUE’S)
* 1st Runner – Up – Seronio, Isaias (LOPUE’S)
* 2nd Runner – Up – Tano, Yolando (METTA)

* Champion – Dayap, Benjie Lyn (LOPUE’S)
* 1st Runner – Up – Lagunday, Marell (LOPUE’S)
* 2nd Runner – Up – Gayoso, Juliette (ILOILO)

* Champion – Gonzales, Richard (KILLERSPIN)
* 1st Runner – Up – Boy Cuico (CEBU CITY A)
* 2nd Runner – Up – Berto Bas (CEBU CITY A)

* Champion – LOPUE’S
* 1st Runner – Up – ILOILO
* 2nd Runner – Up – ISABELA
* 3rd Runner – Up – MONTEVISTA

* Champion – LOPUE’S A
* 1st Runner – Up – LOPUE’S B
* 2nd Runner – Up – SSA – BACOLOD

* Champion – LOPUE’S A
* 1st Runner – Up – ILOILO
* 2nd Runner – Up – LOPUE’S B
* 3rd Runner – Up – BS TEAM

* Champion – LOPUE’S
* 1st Runner – Up – ILOILO
* 2nd Runner – Up – LA CARLOTA
* 3rd Runner – Up – SILAY

* Champion – LOPUE’S
* 1st Runner – Up – ILOILO 1
* 2nd Runner – Up – METTA
* 3rd Runner – Up – ILOILO 2

* Champion – CEBU CITY A (Boy Cuico & Berto Bas)
* 1st Runner – Up – KILLERSPIN (Richard Gonzales, Caloy, Winston Jimenez)
* 2nd Runner – Up – BANTAYAN ISLAND (Gee Batayola, Harold Logronio)
* 3rd Runner – Up – CEBU CITY B (Edgar Mabatid, Ranulfo Anana and Oscar)

For more information, please contact the event coordinator and Professor Oscar Santelices via 09178806161, Coach Floyd Lobaton via 09153313648, or email at

Law Students Participated at ALSP National Convention

Hundreds of Law students from colleges and universities from all over the Philippines took part in the Association of Law Students of the Philippines, Inc., (ALSP) 20th National Convention held last May 28 – June 2, 2009 at the Xavier University College of Law in Cagayan de Oro City.

The theme for this year's national convention is “ALSP@20: Responding to Legal Challenges”. During the event, numerous panel discussions and seminars were spearheaded by law practitioners in the Philippines. Also, ALSP members elected its new set of officers for 2009-2010. The newly elected officers are:
The convention concluded with the delegates heading out to the Cagayan de Oro River to experience the city's famous white water rafting.

The Association of Law Students of the Philippines, Inc, 20th National Convention is sponsored by Business Mirror, Pepsi, Tanduay, Dunkin Donuts, United Nations Development Programme, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philtown Hotel, Dela Serna and Associates Law Office, San Jose Law Office, Congressman Rufus Rodriguez, Atty. Dale Bryan Mordeno and Senator Manny Villar.

For more information about the ALSP 20th National Convention, contact the Association of Law Students of the Philippines, Inc, at (0917) 423-67501 (0923) 280-2317, email or visit their website,

Friday, May 29, 2009

Philippine Business Development Summit 2009

Small & Medium Enterpreneurs (SME’s), business experts and economists gathered together at the AIM Conference Center Manila (ACCM), Makati City on May 29-30, 2009 as they interacted for the common good of everyone, the promotion and protection of each one’s businesses.

The business summit featured Filipino and overseas experts that talked about finding key methods on business dealings that will give advantage to Philippine businesses and organizations. The program focused on the development of Small & Medium enterprises revolving on topics regarding business opportunities, consultation, and method application.

In line with the event’s theme: “Setting the Phase for Innovation and Enterpreneurship,” Identifying key factors of improvement was a goal of the event so that proper action regarding these needed areas of improvement may be undertaken.

Keynote speaker, former Vice-President Honorable Noli “Kabayan” De Castro gave importance to this development, highly regarding the SMEs as making up about 60% of the country’s exports.  
Aside from the vice president, business organizations also presented their respective proposals and opinions on the subject.

The two-day event was made possible by Philevents Management and Advertising Company ; and Philippine League for Business Development Welfare, Inc. (Philbidev),  with Ms. Grace Abliter and Mr. John Yam respectively heading the said organization s.

For more details, contact: 413-9027/ 387-3557 or fax at 414-2364.

Cebu Philbex 2009

Just after a successful WORLDBEX Construction Exposition at the World Trade Center Manila, WORLDBEX Services International once again launched another event involving three other premiere events this time, in Cebu.

WORLDBEX 2009 brought together the Philippine Building and Construction Exposition (PHILBEX), Cebu Auto Show, and the Cebu Foods and Beverage Exposition (Cefbex) on May 21-24 in the Cebu International Convention Center.

The color green was the theme of the 4-day event that highlighted on the latest trade advancements in the field of sustainable design. 

A new trade innovation was presented by the Malaysian company Geo Crete Specialist. They presented a soil solution capable of immobilizing soil pollutants. Through this innovation, road and highway construction could be hastened.

Other innovations included BMG Solar Direct Heating L-Series, the world’s best-selling solar hot water system and Supersonic Manufacturing Inc.’s green wall and green roof modules.
Also happening along with the Philbex were the Cebu Auto Show which featured services and products related to various types of automobiles, and  the Cebu Foods and Beverage Exposition (Cefbex) which brought together small scale industries of the food and beverage industry.
For more info you can contact Worldbex Services Inc. at (632) 534-3615; 531-6350 or email or log on to

4th Philippine Cable Wakeboard Nationals

Participants geared up at the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC) on May 29-31, 2009 to compete for an extreme water sports challenge at The 4th Phlippine Cable Wakeboard Nationals.
Well known as an extreme sports destination in the country, Governor LRay Villafuerte Jr. gladly welcomed the competitors of various divisions namely Groms, Open Women, Open Wakeskate, Junior Men’s, Open Men’s, Veteran’s and Pro Men’s divisions as they set their eyes not only  for the cash prizes, but also for the love of the sport.

New this year was the Rail Park Contest that will also open 4 divisions namely the Amateur Women, Amateur Men, Open Wakeskate and Pro Men.

The divisions’ age brackets were as follows: Groms Boys (ages 10-13), Girls (ages 13 and under), Junior Men (ages 14-17), Open Women (no age limit), Open Men (No age limit), Open Wakeskate (No age limit), Veterans (Ages 40 and up), and Pro Men (no age limit).

The rail and cable competitions were opened to participants with an entry fee of for all Wake divisions at Php 750.00 each and Php 200.00 for the Rail park contests. A free ride on the cable , free transportation to and from the Naga Airport, CWC and hotels, and access to all parties, concerts and events from May 23-31 were among the benefits for the participants.

A participant may also opt to join the more than one discipline but will still need to pay the entry fees. 
For more information, email

Nattco to set GA in Boracay

The National Confederation of Cooperatives (Natcco) held their annual General Assembly at the La Carmela de Boracay Hotel resort last May 22, 2009.

Delegates from various cooperatives nationwide, with approximate number of three hundred people, attended the assembly to discuss the directions that it will take in year 2010. Moreover, the management also presented the confederation’s accomplishments in the past years.

Chief Operating Officer and eKoopBanker Plus Project Manager Wilfredo A. Dimamay spearheaded the launching of the eKoopBanker Plus to help the cooperatives put up Automated Teller Machines (ATM) in their branches that will enable them to give 24-hour services to clients, and also hasten financial reporting.

Natcco Chief Executive Officer Cresente C. Paez, moreover, presented the plans for the new 12-storey Nattco Tower set to construct beside the current 4-storey headquarters in Quezon City. 

Aside from the awards that will be given to the top cooperative/members in various categories, the event will also cover the election of board of directors and management appointees.

For more information, contact the National Confederation of Cooperatives at (632)913-7011, 913-7016, email, or visit

ASEP Gathered Engineers, Others For International Convention

Architects, building officials, civil engineers, consultants, developers, manufacturers, materials engineers, field inspectors, project engineers and managers, as well as structural engineering students attended the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines, Inc., (ASEP) 14th International Convention held at the Grand Ballroom of Great Eastern Hotel in Quezon City last May 21 – 22, 2009.

Guided by the theme, “Structural Engineering: Coping with the Global Crisis', the annual convention was filled with technical sessions that tackled a wide array of topics. These include performance-based design; retrofitting and strengthening; structural failures; structural risk; natural hazards and disaster crisis mitigation; ISO Standards and Codes of Practice, earthquake and wind engineering; value engineering; engineering ethics; urban planning and infrastructure development; fire, impact, and blast loads; case studies on high-rise buildings and long-span bridges; and prestresses and pre-cast construction, foundation, and geotechnical issues.

Seven plenary sessions were held throughout the event. These were the following:
Plenary PaperTopic
Plenary Paper No. 1Philippines & Japan Contributions to Seismic Retrofitting Techniques for Bridges
Plenary Paper No. 2Climate Change & Structural Engineering
Plenary Paper No. 3A Model to Assess Quantitative Risk in Building Structural Analysis & Design : An input to Design Development
Plenary Paper No. 4Modeling of Shear Walls for Non Linear and Pushover Analysis of Tall Buildings
Plenary Paper No. 5Direct Analysis Method: Valuing Engineering Efficiency and Economy in Structural Analysis and Design of Steel Structures
Plenary Paper No. 6Nuclear Fall-out Survival Shelters
Plenary Paper No. 7Permanent Slope Protection in Highly-Seismic and Landslide-Prone Area using Multi-Level Anchored Wall

The highlight of the convention was the election of officers for 2009 – 2010. The new set of ASEP Officers and Members of the Board of Directors are Mr. Adam Abinales, President; Mr. Anthony Vladimir Pimentel, Vice-President, Ms. Miriam Tamayo, Secretary; Mr. Virgilio Columna, Treasurer; Mr. Ronaldo Ison, Mr. Danilo Domingo, Mr. Vinci Nicolas Villasenor, Mr. Pedro Tolentino, Mr. Frederick Sison, Mr. Tony Avila, Directors, and Mr. Wilfredo Lopez, Immediate Past President and Ex-Officio Director.

The 14th ASEP International Convention is sponsored by Millenium Erectors Corporation, Steel Centre Philippines, Inc., RS Caparros Associates and Company, VSL International Ltd., Hyder Consulting, HILTI Corporation, Romer Montoya, F. ASEP, F. PICE, and Antonio Gutierrez and Associates.

For more information on the 14thASEP International Convention, contact the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines, Inc., at(632) 411-8606, 410-0483, (63917) 823-7739, email,, or visit their website,

Anti-terrorism Tactics Discussed at First IABTI-Philippines International Summit

Police forces from different parts of the world convened at the First International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI) Philippines International Summit held last May 20 – 22, 2009 at the Multi-purpose Center of Camp Crame in Quezon City

Carrying the theme, “Security Technology and Strategic Collaboration & Cooperation: The Paradigm Shift in Security Practices to Counter Criminality and Terrorism”, the event aims to aid the Philippine National Police in handling terrorism threats.

Respected personalities from here and abroad were present during the event to discuss about homeland security, ways on how to handle security threats, among others. Panel speakers include:
  • Lt. Col. Kevin Cuthberson (Ret) Country Manager,Philippines BACTEC - Southeast Asia - “Marriot Bombing Incidents”
  • Prof. Rommel C. BanlaoiM, Executive Director, Phil. Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research - “Threats to Maritime Security: The Piracy Terrorism Nexus”
  • Mr. Abdul Aziz Abdul Hamid, Manager, Crisis Management & Security Services, Suntec City, Singapore - “Crisis Management Approach – In Countering Terrorism in Commercial Development”
  • Col. Edgar C. Gatumbato, Chief Security Officer, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas - “Banks & Cash Transfer Security”
  • Mr. Joseph Tang, Head of Security of SILKAIR (a fully owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines) - “Terrorist Threats to Aviation Security – Effective Countermeasures and Responses”
  • PCSupt. Nicanor A. Bartolome, Chief, Public Information Office. Philippine National Police - “Media Handling”
For more information about the event, contact the Philippine National Police at (632) 723-1727, 833-6743or visit their website at

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Corporate Social Responsibility: The Manila Forum

Corporate Social Responsibility: The Manila Forum was a conference slated on May 28,2009 in Makati City that challenged corporate individuals to be a socially responsible individual to his community.

The event themed as “Making an Impact: Measuring and Managing your CSR In Difficult Times,” the discussed the social engagement of a corporate individual to society. The forum aims to use CSR to integrate learning of the CSR and promote a trust-based relationship between companies and their stakeholders. The event aimed to highlight the two-way management of a company’s personal development while at the same time helping his community.

The event drew was divided in plenary consisting of three workshop sessions. Richard Welford, chairman of CSR Asia, talked about Stakeholder Engagement. Michelle Brown and David Boyd-Thomas gave talks on Evaluating Community Investment. Junie del Mundo, as moderated by Atty. Gianna Montinola, engaged a discussion on communicating and reporting CSR.

Speakers of the Manila Forum collectively want to educate participants. What the event aimed was influence on businesses to outreach the community, exchange information with experts, interact and engage with co-participants as they build networks that would continually promote corporate social responsibility.

For more information, contact EON at 893-5642 or visit or

PCS Leads the Way for 13th ICT Professionals’ Congress

The Philippine Computer Society (PCS), the country’s premier and largest organization of information and communications technology (ICT) professionals in the country, is spearheading the annual ICT Professionals’ Congress scheduled on May 20-21, 2009 at the Dusit Thani Manila in Makati City.

With the theme, “Gain IT, Move IT, Rate IT”, the annual conference shall feature plenary sessions on the major developments and directions of global and local technology providers, market leaders in wireless business data communication and next generation mobile solutions, and insights from top chief information officers, information systems executives and certified professionals.

Valuable input from the education sector and government policy-makers on ICT matters are also on the agenda, in the hope of addressing the mismatch between curriculum and the actual human capital needs of the industry.

The event will also showcase best practices in offshoring and outsourcing as well as exhibit products and services from global and local solution providers, event sponsors and exhibitors.

The 13th ICT Professionals’ Congress is supported by Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

North Luzon Inter-Regional Watershed Summit Held

The North Luzon Growth Quadrangle Area-Program Management Office (NorthQuad-PMO) spearheaded the First North Luzon Inter-Regional Summit on Water Resources and Environment last May 20, 2009 at the Hotel Supreme in Baguio City.

With the theme “Water for Life”, the summit served as a venue to discuss and arrive at interregional consensus on how to address issues and problems on environment and water resources, and to undertake appropriate interregional mechanisms for the protection and rehabilitation of watershed areas in North Luzon.

Office of Presidential Adviser on Global Warming and Climate Change Secretary Heherson T. Alvarez served as the event’s Guest of Honor and Speaker. In his speech, Sec. Alvarez stressed the urgency and extent of the problem on environment and highlighted the actions that have been undertaken by the national government in confronting the effects of global warming.

Presentations of other esteemed resource speakers included:
  1. Overview of the River Basins in North Luzon;
  2. Regional Situationer and Status of Watershed Areas in Regions 1, 2 and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR);
  3. Inter-Regional Issues and Concerns on Watershed Management;
  4. Inter-Regional Framework on Watershed Management; and
  5. Water Resources and Environmental Valuation: Costs and Benefits.
Among the issues raised during the summit were the environmental, economic, social and political concerns on Philippine watersheds. These include: watershed degradation, conversion of forest areas into farms, deteriorating water quality and quantity, soil erosion, landslides and flashfloods, poverty in the upland areas, increasing population and migration, conflicts on water use and resources, and conflicting policies.

In addressing the said issues, the following recommendations were proposed: intensification of law enforcement, information education and communication (IEC) campaign, capability building, local government unit (LGU) involvement, policy harmonization, rationalization of population programs, conduct of livelihood projects, establishment of water harvesting facilities, implementation of flood control programs, characterization of watersheds, formulation of ancestral domain and protection plan, research and development advocacy, payment for environmental services (PES), gender and development programs, media involvement, and revitalization of existing action plans.

In culmination, a covenant was signed by the participating agencies and entities as their expression of support on the advocacy and implementation of the action plan for North Luzon Integrated Watershed Management.

The First North Luzon Inter-Regional Summit on Water Resources and Environment is in cooperation with the Regional Offices of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Regions 1, 2 and CAR.

For more information about the event, contact the NorthQuad-PMO at (6372) 242-0309, 242-0310, 700-2962 or visit their website at

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Discover More Than 7,100 Tastes at IFEX Philippines 2009

Thousands of international buyers from huge supermarket chain stores, wholesale and retail shops, hotel and restaurant owners, and specialty trading houses are expected to attend the sixth edition of the International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines show set on May 15 – 17, 2009 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Business Park Bay City in Pasay City.

More than a sourcing hub, IFEX Philippines is distinguished for the exciting food ideas it presents every year. Agrimarine Division Chief and lead proponent of the IFEX Philippines Project Secretariat Team Mr. Jose M. Mulato shared that food importers in the know say that IFEX Philippines’ comprehensive product selection presented by more than 300 exhibitors showcase “strong international flavors.” “I think this is an edge of the country’s food products over that of the others in the global market.”

Indeed, the country’s abundant fresh produce and processed foods have secured a niche in the global food market. “There is a myriad selection of products in the market right now that are enjoying the loyal patronage of the foreign market: mango jams, biscuits, the Luzon mango, and sardines, for example, are preferred by a great number of buyers abroad”, Chief Mulato asserts. “I believe, however, that we can go beyond these as we have more to offer: the exotic and mouthwatering array of specialties from our 17 regions is a delectable mix of flavors that may be foreign, yes, but with a familiar, universal appeal”, he further stated.

He emphasized his team’s continuous and keen preparations to reinforce IFEX Philippines’ distinction as a reliable source of compliance-ready export food products. “We intend to surpass last year’s recorded export sales of US$83 million, and aim to strengthen our quality business partnerships with more thousands of highly regarded buyers from over 40 countries.“

Highlighting various lines of quality beverages, fine food and regional specialties, and organic and natural products, IFEX will also showcase certified (Kosher, Halal, cGMP, ISO, organic, and HACCP-accredited) products, meat and poultry items, marine products, and fresh and processed fruits and vegetables. Snacks, biscuits, and confectionery items will also be exhibited, together with food-related products and services from here and abroad.

The product categories highlighted in IFEX Philippines will be complemented by the Partner Region Program featuring Northern Mindanao; the One Town, One Product (OTOP); Fair Trade Zone; and Natural Herbal and Organic Zone (also known as the Health and Wellness Zone) supported by BIO-Search.

Other highlights of the event include the 12-country Embassy Row; Retailers’ Zone, and the simultaneous cooking and food tasting activities by Cook Magazine in Kusinarya which will be held during the three-day show. A post-fair two-day symposium regarding issues on food regulatory requirements and market access on May 18 – 19, 2009 concludes the Show.

The first two days of the show, May 15 – 16, 2009, are open only to registered buyers and trade visitors. The general public is admitted on the last day of the event. Visitors’ admission fee is Php100.00.

For more information, contact the IFEX Philippines Project Management Team at (632) 831-1282 and 831-2201 extension 204 and 238 or e-mail

Saturday, May 23, 2009

DairyConEx 2009 Drew Farmers and Stakeholders to CamSur

Dairy Congress and Expo 2009 logo
Milk farmers, processors and other stake holders gathered for the 12th Dairy Congress and Expo 2009 (DairyConEx) held last May 14-16,2009 at the Camarines Sur Watersport Complex and Convention Center in Pili, Camarines Sur.

The event, organized by the Dairy Confederation of the Philippines (DCP) and managed by Premier Events Plus Group, Inc., carried the theme, “Sa Dairy, ang Kita ay Daily” [With Dairy, Earnings Come Daily]. DairyConEx aims to build a stronger and more productive local dairy industry. It aims to boost dairy production in the country to counter the effects of dairy imports, which constitutes the largest agricultural import of the country.

Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative Luis Villafuerte welcomed the delegates, exhibitors, and guests during the opening ceremony. Other officials present during the event include DCP President Danilo V. Fausto, National Dairy Authority (NDA) Administrator Orkhan H. Usman, Philippine Carabao Center Executive Director Dr. Libertado C. Cruz, and Livestock Development Council Executive Director Dr. Carlos Mendoza.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senator Richard Gordon gave the keynote address. In his speech, Senator Enrile commended the “invaluable contribution and unstinting support of the Dairy Confederation of the Philippines to [the] government's food security program." Senator Francis 'Chiz' Escudero also graced the second day of DairyConEx.

The event was filled with valuable plenary sessions conducted by experts in the farming and dairy industry. Topics discussed were goat dairying, breeding practices, milk quality and standard, nutritional changes in milk composition, milk product development and processing, dairy food safety, quality and consumer protection, product packaging, labeling and storage, and strengthening of organizational structure of the Cooperative Code of the Philippines.

The Dairy Congress and Expo 2009 is sponsored by National Dairy Authority, Land O'Lakes Foundation Philippines, Inc., Philippine Carabao Center, Livestock Development Council, CHR Hansen, DanAsia, Inc., Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), Marid Agribusiness Digest, 106.3 Energy FM Naga, SBP Printers, 95dot1 Home Radio Naga, 92dot3 Home Radio Legazpi, Magik FM 103.1 and Manila Bulletin.

For more information about the Dairy Congress and Expo, contact Dairy Confederation of the Philippines at (632) 382-7469, 926-3840, (63928) 478-2088, email or visit their website at

Friday, May 22, 2009

Rural Banks Launched Campaign to Aid Countryside Development at Annual Convention

Rural bankers from all over the country launched their new information campaign during the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP) 56th National Convention held last May 14-15, 2009 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City

The information campaign seeks to present rural banks as a key source of loans for community development and micro-entrepreneurship in the countryside. Furthermore, the campaign highlights the use of mobile technology utilized by rural banks in order to do business with their clients over long distance.

During the event, respected individuals from the banking and finance industry shared their knowledge to the participants of the convention. Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip, Founder and Managing Director of CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions discussed “Banking on Governance: No Challenge is Insurmountable". Representatives from Unitus Capital, Microfinance Innovation Center for Resources and Alternatives (MICRA Philippines, Inc.), and Thomson Reuters Philippines talked about “Raising Outside Equity and the Effect on Governance”, “Misconceptions of Ratings” and “Collaboration Service - Helping the Philippine Rural Banks become more efficient and powerful”.

Dr. James Soukamneuth, Asia Office Director of Planet Rating Asia talked about “The Benefits of Being Rated”. Lastly, Mr. Napoleon L Nazareno, President and CEO of PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc, gave his insights on “The Importance of Governance in Rural Banking”

Members of the RBAP elected their new sets of officers took office last July 2009. Mr. Joseph Omar Andaya, Chairman and President of Green Bank, was elected as the new president of RBAP. Other newly elected officials include:
  • Vice President for Luzon - Mr. Edward Leandro Garcia Jr. (Quezon Capital Rural Bank)
  • Vice President for Visayas - Mr. Rodolfo Z. Alvarez, (Rural Bank of Ilog)
  • Vice President for Mindanao - Mr. Vittorio Z. Almario, (Rural Bank of Mati)
  • Treasurer - Ms. Nora S. Pascual, (Rural Bank of San Francisco Del Monte, National Capital Region)
  • Assistant Treasurer and Executive Director - Mr. Vicente R. Mendoza (Filipino Saver’s Bank)
  • Corporate Secretary - Mr. Gregory De Guzman (Bangko Pangasinan, Region I)
  • Assistant Corporate Secretary - Ms. Katrina L. Pilapil (Rural Bank of San Mateo, Region II)
  • Directors
    • Ms. Ma. Rosario R. Banzon (Balanga Rural Bank, Region III)
    • Mr. George K. Dycaico (Rural Bank of Mabalacat, Region III)
    • Mr. Cleto Villatuya (Rural Bank of Cavinti, Region IV)
    • Mr. Delfin J. Diezmo (Rural Bank of Capalonga, Region V)
    • Mr. William Christopher Dichoso (Dumaguete Rural Bank, Region VII)
    • Ms. Anacleta D. Aboyme (Rural Bank of Hindang, Region VIII)
For more information about the event, contact the the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines at (632) 527-2972, 527-2968 , email, or visit their website at

Caving Enthusiasts, Clubs, and Government Agencies Unite for National Caving Congress

Members of caving clubs and speleological societies from all over the country, and from Australia, United States, New Zealand, Hongkong, Great Britain and Japan packed up their gear and went to the Sohoton Natural Bridge National Park in Basey, Samar last May 11-15, 2009 for the Philippine Speleological Society Cave Congress 2009 (9th National Caving Congress).

Hosted by Philippine Cave Guides Association Inc. (PCGA), together with Nature Unlimited - Leyte Outdoor Club Inc. (NULOC), Department of Tourism (DOT), Provincial Government of Leyte and Samar, and the Municipal Government of Basey Samar, the event aims to enhance the technical capability of the participants to be able to conduct a safe and more thorough cave assessment. In addition, it aims to come up with a policy recommendation for a more streamlined and dynamic cave management program that would take into consideration the connection between conservation and tourism. The congress is also a show of support for a stronger implementation of Republic Act 9072, known as the Caves and Cave Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

The event, carrying the theme, “Finding the Balance between Conservation and Tourism”, was formally opened at the University of the Philippines – Tacloban with DOT Secretary Joseph ‘Ace’ Durano welcoming the delegates for this year’s congress.

Three international speakers graced this year’s National Caving Congress. They were Professor Elery Hamilton Smith, chairman of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the World Commission on Protected Areas, Mr. Pete Chandler, owner of Spellbound Caving Tours in New Zealand; and Mr. Dave Smith of the Department of Conservation in New Zealand.

Also, local speakers from the University of the Philippines, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, DOT, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, National Museum, and PCGA shared their insights and knowledge on cave preservations.

For more information about the event contact the PCGA at (053) 523-762 or email

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

1st Indigenous Barefoot Doctors' National Summit

229 tribal barefoot doctors gathered at the SMX Convention Center on May 20-21, 2009 to create the 1st Indigenous Barefoot Doctors’ National Summit.

These barefoot doctors were graduates of the Indigenous Peoples Community Health Workers (IP CHWs) Development Program. Though referred as, they have received medical or paramedical training to aid the rural communities.

The event gave the indigenous people the opportunity to interact and learn from various practices and techniques, as well as share their experiences with other people. The event also promoted the awareness of the culture and living of the indigenous people and also promoted them institutions that could aid their needs.

Participating speakers of the event were Dr. Jessica Cueto-De Leon from the Department of Health (DOH) who lectured on “Indigenous Healers and Community Health Workers as Barefoot Doctors” and Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan, Professor of UP College of Medicine and the Head of the Traditional; and Integrative Medicine, UP-PGH who talked about “Integrative Medicine: Ang Pinagsanib na Medisina at Kalusugan.”

Doctors having Western medicinal knowledge were part as resource speakers while non-government organizations also took part as they advocated for the promotion of the indigenous people’s healing.
Foundation of Our Lady of Peace Mission Inc. (FOLPMI) and the Misereor Ihr Hilfswerk headed the event parallel to their advocacy of for the poor and unprivileged people in the country.
For more information, you may opt to contact the Foundation of Our Lady of Peace Mission Inc. (FOLPMI) at telephone: +63.2.829.5759, telefax: +63.2.825.7653, or e-mail at

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mind Mapping and Learning Secrets Uncovered at Educators and Trainers Conference 2009

Members of academic and business groups learned new techniques in teaching and learning at the Educators and Trainers Conference 2009 held last May 11 – 12, 2009 at the RCBC Plaza Tower 2 in Ayala, Makati City.

The conference was guided by the theme, “Discover a 'Brain New World' of Teaching and Learning”. The two-day event tackled wide range of topics related to learning, critical thinking, teaching methodology, and mind mapping.

Mr. Tony Buzan, well-renowned author and inventor of Mind Maps; Mr. Henry Toi, Managing Director of Buzan Centre Asia ; Dr. Leticia Penano-Ho, Chair and President of the Philippine Association for the Gifted; and Ms. Lilia Vengco, consultant on Basic Education Curriculum (BEC) for De La Salle University graced the two-day conference.

For the first day of the event, Mr. Buzan discussed “Learning in the Brain New World” which was composed of several inter-related subjects designed to inform the participants on the hidden powers of the mind and effective learning strategies. Mr. Toi talked about “Teaching in the Brain New World" that aims to teach about the different skills and design methods for learning that can be applied for both academic and corporate environment.

The Educators and Trainers Conferece 2009 is presented by AHEAD Tutorial and Review , Salt Light Venrtures, and Buzan Organisation.

For more information about the event, contact Salt and Light Ventures at (632) 813-2703, 813-2732, 830-2191 or visit their website at

Monday, May 18, 2009

GSP Celebrated 69th Anniversary and 21st National Convention at Tagbilaran City, Bohol

Around 350 delegates from 95 councils of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) participated in its 21st National Council Convention and 69th Anniversary Celebration held last May 25-27, 2009 at Bohol Tropics Resort in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

The theme of the GSP 21st National Convention is “ Join in, Reach out, Change lives”, which was adopted from the theme of the World Conference of the World Association of Girl Scouts held last July 6 – 12, 2008 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

One of the highlights of the convention is the awarding of the GSP Triennial Citation (2006-2009). The GSP Triennial Citation is given to individuals who are practicing the advocacies of the GSP. The awardees include Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Jesli Lapus, Camarines Sur Fourth District Representative Felix Alferol, Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) Director Joselito De Vera, Senator Francis Escudero, DepEd Undersecretary Vilma Labrador, Manila City Mayor Alfredo Lim, Philippines Free Press President and General Manager Enrique Locsin, Makati City First District Representative Teodoro Locsin Jr., Occidental Mindoro Representative Ma. Amelita Villarosa, and Manila Bulletin Chairman Emilio Yap.

During the convention, members of the GSP elected the officers of the Central Board for Triennium 2009-2011. Newly-elected officers are:
  • First National Vice President - Mrs. Maria Pureza Veloso-Chatto
  • Second National Vice President – Ms. Felicidad Tabel
  • Third National Vice President – Ms. Anne Mariquit Oppus
  • National Secretary – Ms. Esperanza Brunidor
  • Assistant National Secretary – Ms. Cecilia Autentico
  • National Treasurer – Ms. Cerina Bolos
  • Assitant National Treasurer – Ms. Amalia Tirol
  • National Auditor - Ms. Greta Mende
  • Commissioner on Administration - Ms. Norma Varquez
  • Commissioner on Training - Ms. Prisciliana Montañez
  • Commissioner on Program - Ms. Emma Castillo
The newly-elected officers will be led by Atty. Roselima C. Abapo, Council President for the Triennium 2009-2011. Atty. Abapo was elected during the Council Convention and Election, held last January 24, 2009 at the La Roca Hotel, Tagbilaran City.

The Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) was chartered as a national organization on May 26, 1940, pursuant to Commonwealth Act No. 542 under the administration of President Manuel L. Quezon.

The Girl Scouts of the Philippines was founded through the initiatives of Pilar Hidalgo Lim, then President of the National Federation of Women’s Clubs, Josefa Llanes Escoda, Executive Secretary of the Federation, and other committed women leaders. In a span of six years, GSP was accepted as member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and was granted full membership status in 1948.

For more information about the event, contact the Girl Scouts of the Philippines at (632) 523-8331 up to 42, fax (632) 524-5144, e-mail, or visit their website at

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Blogging Influence Acknowledged at iBlog5

iBlog5The strong influence of bloggers in promoting brand and stirring public opinion was acknowledged during the iBlog5: 5th Philippine Blogging Summit held last May 9, 2009 at the Malcolm Theater, University of the Philippines College of Law in Diliman, Quezon City.

Organized by the UP Internet and Society Program, this yearly event began in 2005 when blogging was still unpopular in the country. The event aims to introduce blogging and analyze the possible contributions of bloggers in stirring public opinion. Furthermore, it gives bloggers fresh ideas on how to earn from blogging.

More than 250 bloggers from all over Metro Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Davao, and other provinces participated during the whole day summit. During the event, popular personalities from the blogging community shared vital tips and advices on the new forms of blogging. Veteran photo bloggers Mr. Fritz Tentativa and Ms. Faith Salazar of gave a crash course on photography and proper photo blogging. Ms. Kring Elenzano of along with pop culture blogger Mr. Azrael Coladilla explained and demonstrated the concept and principles behind video blogging. Technology blogger Mr. Edwin ‘Ka Edong’ Soriano introduced a new form of blogging using mobile phones. Mr. Bern Espina of and Mr. Juned Sonido of Baratillo net jointly gave their views on the do’s and don’ts of blogging. SEO tutor bloggers Mr. Winston Almendras and video blogger Mr. Coy Caballes shared tips on how to promote a blog and increase its traffic. Atty. JJ Disini discussed t the legal implications of blogging.

Commission on Election – Education and Information Department (COMELEC-EID) Director Mr. James Jimenez shared the history of the COMELEC blog, and how it helped inform the public about the importance of voter’s registration and the schedule for their respective provinces. Afterwards, Ms. Janette Toral, founder of gave her insights on how bloggers can make or break the candidacy of a presidentiable or anyone running for public office in the coming election.

Ms. Kristine Mandigma, Editorial Director of Philippine Online Chronicles; Mr. Mannix Pabalan, General Manager of; Mr. Lazlo Lim, Business Development Head of; Mr. Jayvee Fernandez, co-founder of BlogBank; Mr. Eric Ramirez, Chairman of Nuffnang Philippines, Mr. Fritz Villafuerte, owner of financial blog Ready To Be Rich; and Mr. Anton Diaz, owner of travel blog Our Awesome Planet discloses valuable tips and tricks on how to improve blog revenue.

The 5th Philippine Blogging Summit is sponsored by Smart Communications, Inc., Philippine Online Chronicles,, Jollibee ,, 611 Connect , with the support of Alfox Comptuter Center, Philippine Realty TV, and

Medical Practitioners, Health Officials Met for eHealth and Telemedicine Philippines 2009

Hospital administrators, medical practitioners, government health officers, and other healthcare providers joined the First Philippine eHealth and Telemedicine Conference and Exhibition (eHealth and Telemedicine Philippines 2009) held last May 8-9, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila Hotel in Quezon City.

Organized by the University of the Philippines Manila, National Telehealth Center and Media G8way Corporation, the conference and exhibition aims to give stakeholders a deeper understanding and appreciation of the field of electronic health and telemedicine and its potential impact on Philippine society. Furthermore, it seeks to create awareness on the latest eHealth and telemedicine technology and services in the market.

Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary Fortunato "Boy" Dela Peña, Senate Committee on Science and Technology Chairman Senator Edgardo J. Angara, UP Manila Chancellor Dr. Ramon L. Arcadio, Commission on Information and Communications Technology Commissioner, Angeloe Timoteo Diaz de Rivera; and National Telehealth Center director Dr. Alvin Marcelo graced with their presence the eHealth and Telemedicine Philippines 2009.

Topics discussed during the event include electronic health records, laboratory information systems, imaging solutions, capacity-building for ehealth and telemedicine, public health informatics, medical and nursing education, and an introduction of various telemedicine products and services.

The First Philippine eHealth and Telemedicine Conference is sponsored by the International Open Source Network.

Siargao Gears up for the 2nd International Game Fishing Tournament

Second Siargao International Game Fishing TournamentThe First District of Surigao del Norte (composed of Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, General Luna, Pilar, San Benito, San Isidro, Santa Monica, and Socorro), the Department of Tourism, and the local government of Pilar, Siargao Island jointly announced that preparations for the Siargao Invitational Game Fishing Tournament 2009 are now underway.

On its second year, the tournament will be held at the scenic coastal town of Pilar, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte from May 7-9, 2009 and is expected to draw more than a hundred local and foreign anglers from Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Russia, Taiwan and the United States. Considered as a form of recreational fishing as well as a legitimate sport, the goal in game fishing is to catch the largest bony fish in the open sea.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, together with some local and foreign dignitaries, will grace the opening ceremonies of the tournament. Surigao del Norte Second District Congressman Francisco Matugas, the “Father” of the Tournament said that the event is expected to put the Philippines in the map as an important international game fishing venue. Furthermore, Congressman Matugas stated that the event can boost the island's tourism industry such as world class surfing destination Cloud Nine, gifted with pristine white sand beaches and tropical marine life-rich coral reefs. Cloud Nine is also the largest mangrove forest in the country at 8,760 hectares. Congressman Matugas is resolute that tourism is the prime vehicle for the development of the island and of the whole Province of Surigao del Norte. He believes that once fully developed, the tourism industry will be a major contributor to uplift the lives of the people of his province.

Top prizes amounting to Php. 300,000.00 await the anglers who will gather the highest weight points and heaviest catch of the 3-day international event.

The 2nd Siargao International Game Fishing Tournament is sponsored by Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), San Miguel Brewery, Inc., Duty Free Philippines, and Philippine Tourism Authority

For information on how to be a part of the event, call Ms. Zeny Pallugna at 0929-6721508, email or Atty. Gordon Uy of GoodCatch Fishing Tackle at (02)303-8677. Interested parties can check the Tournament website at

Friday, May 15, 2009

18th South Luzon Area Business Conference

The Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted the 18th South Luzon Area Business Conference on May 15-16, 2009 at the La Piazza Ballroom, Avenue Plaza Hotel, Naga City.

The conference themed as “Weathering the Crisis In South Luzon Economies” discussed issues about the 2009 economy, tourism, services, franchising, and infrastructure which may have been affected by the global economic crisis.

The event welcomed delegates from different regions. The first day’s keynote speaker, Governor Joey Sarte Salceda of Albay, Presidential Economic Adviser and Chairman, Regional Development Council talked about “Economic Outlook for 2009.”

Plenary speakers in the second day were Lourdes Sereno, Executive Director, AIM-Policy Center and Engr. Luis Banua, RDC Secretary, ARD, NEDA V.

Among other topics discussed in the event were on Business Opportunities in Tourism and Services, and Franchising; Infrastructure Updates; Opportunities in Franchising; and Free Open Sourceware as presented by various discussants.

Mr. Uwe Sturman, Project Manager, Private Sector Promotion Program, GTZ also was a resource speaker in the event. He discussed on “Assessing LGU Potential and Enhancing Local Competitiveness in Tourism”

For more details, contact Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce & Industry at the following contact numbers: (63)(54)473-6318 or 473-3519, or e-mail at or

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Protect 2009: “Doing Business Amidst New Threats IV”

“Doing Business Amidst New Threats IV” was the theme of the event organized by Leverage International (Consultants) Inc. and Anti-Terrorism Council slated on May 13-15, 2009.
Protect 2009, challenged businesses with the huge question of “Have you booked yourself yet?”
Recognizing the condition of the business world most especially after it has been affected by the global financial crisis, this event gave light on measures or actions that ought to be taken by businesses.

Two of the main points that Protect 2009 presented were on how to stay in business despite the given economic crisis, and how to prevent business disruptions resulting from damage of physical assets, sabotage on supply chain, cyber risks, counterfeiting, violation of local bank security, and others.
The event hosted a specialized exhibit and conference that invited both local and foreign experts. Among the speakers were Dr. Rohan Gunaratna, Undersecretary Ricardo R. Blancaflor, Undersecretary Virtus V. Gil, retired Vice Admiral Eduardo Ma. R. Santos, Ace Esmeralda, CPP CSP, Paul Ingram, Siti Baizura Yunus, Stephen P. Sayell, Steve Cutler, Jose P. Leviste, Jr., Maria A. Rossa, retired AFP Commodore Carlos L. Agustin, Reynaldo Geronimo, and Philip Baum. 
For more details, contact (632) 8186828, 8101389, fax at (632)8101594, or e-mail at

GACPA Heads 31st Annual National Convention at Davao City

The Government Association of Certified Public Accountants (GACPA) invites all government accountants, budget officers, disbursing officers, finance officers, auditors to attend the 31st Annual National Convention from May 20 to 22, 2009 at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Convention Center in Davao City.

With the theme, “GACPA for Knowledge and Action towards Good Governance”, the event aims to give participants the right perspective and knowledge in good governance, risk management, ethics, economics and overall accountability mandate that may eventually enable them to effectively perform their roles in their respective areas of responsibility.

A golf and badminton tournament for GAPCA members will kick off the convention. Round table technical discussions and relevant sessions are scheduled during the three-day convention. Among the speakers and panelist include National Economic Development Authority Director Dennis M. Arroyo, Department of Finance Domestic Finance Group Undersecretary Gil S. Beltran, Department of Budget & Management Undersecretary Mario L. Relampagos, and Commission on Audit Commissioner Juanito G. Espino, Jr. Moreover, equally knowledgeable persons have been invited as moderators to stimulate the discussions.

The last day of pre-registration for the GACPA 31st Annual national Convention will be on May 15, 2009. Walk-in participants will only be accepted on a first come first served basis. For more information on how to participate in the event, contact the GACPA Secretariat at (632)911-30-58 or visit their website,

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Philippine Life Insurance Congress 2009: Living the Dream

Themed as “ Living the Dream,” The Philippine Life Insurance Congress 2009 was held at the Every nation Building, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig on May 11, 2009.

A line of speakers were set to engage in the event with themes such as “ Living A Healthier You,” by Diana Cua-Balcells, “The Reality Through Sipag at Tiyaga” by Sen. Manuel Villar, “Living A Richer Life” by Tomasa Lipana, “You Can Have It All” by Josie Gotohio, ‘Real Life Insights on Good Leadership” by Maui Dy Buncio, “ It’s Never Too Late” by Atty. Angelo Cabrera, “ Creating a New You” by Ms. Lucille Galang, and “ Living the Dream” by Sarah Balabagan.

 Registration fee for the event was set PHP 2,500.00 for members and PHP 3.500.00 for Non-members.

Sponsors of the event were 1st Life Financial Company, Fortune Life, and Insular Life as Diamond sponsors. Platinum sponsors included PRU Life U.K. and Philam Life. Titanium sponsors were AXA Life Insurance and investment, Ayala Life, Manulife, and Sun Life Financial. Corporate sponsors were Splasj and TriDharma while Grepalife was a gold sponsor with Cocolife and _________  . The event’s business partner was BusinessWorld.
For more details, contact __________.

Anthroposophy Experts Visited Philippines for Asia-Pacific Anthroposophical Conference

International experts presented their studies and enlighten teachers and policy makers about the new field of anthroposophy and its possible contribution to child education and learning during the 2009 Asia-Pacific Anthroposophical Conference (APAC), held last May 2-4, 2009 at the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH) in Quezon City.

The three-day conference, hosted by Anthroposophical Group in the Philippines (AGP) and the Manila Waldorf School together with Freunde der Erziehungskunst (Friends of Waldorf Education) carried the theme, "The Foundation of Human Experience and the Challenges of Modern Life on Children's Development and Education". The event is held in conjunction with the Asian Waldorf Teachers Conference last May 2 – 8, 2009.

Conference facilitators from different countries shared their experiences in education, economy, ecology and related fields during the event. Among the conference speakers were Dr. Grace Zozobrado – Hahn from the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital, Ms. Nana Goebel, General secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in Germany, Mr. Chris Bennet, co-Director of the Grades Teacher Training at the West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy, and Dr. Christof Wiechert, leader of the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum, an anthroposophical research center in Dornach, Switzerland

For more information about the event, contact (632) 285-9016, 375-3724, 895 8421 or visit their website .

Sunday, May 10, 2009


The Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MNCCI) in partnership with the city government of Naga hosted the 5th Bicol Business week (BBW) on May 10-17, 2009 at the Avenue Plaza Grounds, Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City.

The 5th Bicol Business Week featured various exhibits on agri-aqua fair, consimer-goods expo, real estate and contruction show, gayon bicol sa naga, orgullo kan bikol sa naga, and new technologies showcase.

Among other activities held in the week-long program were seminars and fora, job fairs, a fellowship night, and the Halyao awards that recognized the most outstanding Bicolano Businessmen.
Among the awardees of the Halyao Awards were Ms. Socorro M. Buban of Albay, owner of Buban Lines, Ms. Luz E. Ricasio, one of the biggest investor of pawnshops, hotels, buildings and other businesses in Capalonga, Camarines Norte, and Mr. Robert Lee Obiedo, owner of Robertson Department Stores and the Villa Caceres Hotel.

 Also joining them were  Sorsogon’s Mr. Francisco L. Aranda, owner of “Uncle Frank’s Roasted Coffee” brand and Masbate’s Mr. Rafael Chan Lim, a pioneer investor of Lodging Houses and Shopping Mall in Cataingan.

The seminars and fora also presented various topics related to businesses. Some of the discussions were titled as such: Finding the Right Market for the Right Products, Start and Manage your Catering Business, Technoforum on Application of Cleaner Production Technologies, Start and Manage your Waste Recycling Business, Human Nature Business Opportunity Seminar, Chamber Management Workshop, Opportunities and Technologies in Organic Farming, Forum on World Fair Trade Day: Big Bang in Bicol, Start and Manage your Franchising Business, Forum on Women Enterprise Development, and Start and Manage your Beadwork Business.

For more details, contact Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce & Industry at the following contact numbers: (63)(54)473-6318 or 473-3519, or e-mail at or

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

1st World Creative Youth Forum 2009

The 1st World Creative Youth Forum 2009 was themed as “One Life One Earth,” aimed at empowering the youth action and participation towards sustainable development.

The event was held at the University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG) and Expo-Centro, Cubao on May 5-10, 2009.

The event was in promotion of the worldwide advocacy by the United Nation’s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development for 2005-2014.

Sub-themes of the 1st Creative Youth Forum (WCYF) 2009 were  Peace andHuman Rights, Climate Change, Sustainable Lifestyle, Social Entrepreneurship and Ethical Living & Technology.

The forum highlighted the importance of development through conflict resolution from a global context down to the family. The event aimed on educating the youth to produce solutions to the alarming global situation regarding peace, poverty, environment, health, and natural catastrophies.

About 200 individuals from 180 organizations worldwide participated the forum. Coutries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Costa Rica, Australia, Japan, Korea, Canada, Kenya and the Philippines, among others, got involved in the first world youth forum.

The event was made possible by Brotherhood of Destiny (BROOD), UNESCO, Children of the Earth and other organizing partners.

For more details, contact DAVID D’ANGELO, Co-Chairperson of WCYF 2009 at +639165450452 or check out www.worldcreativeyo uthforum. Net.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Philippines Votes Earth during First Global Election

Last March 28, 2009, over 15 million Filipinos from 647 cities and towns nationwide voted in darkness. Instead of fear, Filipinos rejoiced in darkness as they participate in the ‘first global election’ between Earth and global warming. And it was evident who won – planet Earth.

The Philippines was one with over 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries, hundreds of millions of people have “voted Earth” in the world’s largest demonstration of public concern about climate change during Earth Hour 2009. For one hour, each of the 88 countries worldwide turned off their light to signify their desire to save Earth and combat global warming.

Here in the Philippines, Department of Energy (DOE), World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Philippines, Green Army Network, and SWITCH Movement led the archipelago in the historical event.

Gary Valenciano, Lea Salonga and the Bayanihan Dance Troupe entertained the crowd who witnessed the ceremonial shutdown led by DOE Secretary Angelo Reyes held at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

According to WWF-Philippines, in an article posted in their website, the Philippines edged out all other countries for the most number of participating cities and towns, 647, followed by Greece with 484 and Australia with 309 - proving that Filipinos can rise up to the challenge of climate change.

Philippines’ Earth Hour 2009 celebration is sponsored Philips, SM Supermalls, Pilipinas Shell, Malampaya Joint Venture Partners (Shell Exploration, Chevron, and Philippine National Oil Company), First Gen Corporation, Energy Development Corporation , Meralco, and Ayala Land.

Web Phil, together with and joins the world in celebration of Earth Hour 2009 and its call to inform the world about global warming and act to save our planet for future generations.