Tuesday, June 30, 2009

3rd Philippine International Tourism Fair 2009

3rd Philippine International Tourism Fair 2009
Businesses involved in travel and medical tourism industry are invited to take part in the 3rd Philippine International Tourism Fair (PITF) 2009 to be held on June 25 – 27, 2009 at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu in Cebu City.

Organized by the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies (NAITAS) – Philippines Inc., and supported by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation (PCVC), this year's installment of the PITF carries the theme “Best Hospitality on Earth... Philippines”.

The PITF is the only annual travel fair event in the Philippines that provides business-to-business networking activity between foreign buyers and Philippine sellers, presents quality tourism products and services through corporate exhibition, and serves as a networking venue and business development exchange for the industry players, partners, and stakeholders.

Furthermore, the three-day tourism fair will provide opportunities for companies to market their products and services and enhance business image locally and internationally. Ultimately, the event seeks to promote and develop inbound and domestic tourism in the country.

Highlights of the 3rd PITF 2009 include the Travel Market Exchange (TRAMEX), corporate exhibition, product launching, marketing presentations, social business events, and various seminars and education sessions.

The TRAMEX, managed and supervised by PCVC, is a face-to-face, business-to-business networking activity where quality foreign buyers meet Philippine sellers in a total business generation environment. It aims to encourage foreign buyers from key travel markets to promote, sell, and include the Philippines in their tour programs. TRAMEX, slated on June 26, 2009, promises to generate maximum exposure of leading Philippine destinations.

For inquiries contact Philippine International Tourism Fair Secretariat at (632) 523-8375, 523-7504, 523-7501, email mailto:pitf_sec@yahoo.com?subject=Info%20on%203rd%20PITF or the PCVC Travel Trade Department at (632) 525-9318, 525-7320, email mailto:ttu@dotcpcvc.gov.ph?subject=Info%20on%203rd%20PITF

Event Program (as of June 6, 2009)

Day 1: 25 June, Thursday
FromToParticulars Venue
09:0015:00Registration of Delegates, VIPs, Trade/Corporate Visitors, & MediaHotel Lobby
09:0017:00COREX: Whole day on-site corporate and marketing activities3F Shanghai-Beijing Room, 2F Atrium, G/F Lobby
09:0017:00Hospitality Lounge is available for continued business talks
10:3010:45 Ribbon cutting Hotel Lobby
10:4514:00Opening Ceremonies and Mabuhay Luncheon hosted by the Provincial Government
of Cebu
Grand Ballroom
14:0017:00Seminar on: “Understanding the Business Point of View of the Emerging
Foreign Markets in the Philippines: India, Russia, Middle East” (Exclusive
for Sellers only)
Manila Room A
14:0017:00Seminar on: “Leading (Cebu-Bohol-Boracay) and Emerging (Davao-Palawan)
Philippine Destinations” (Exclusive for Foreign Buyers only)
Manila Room B
18:0018:15Assembly of all Buyers & DelegatesHotel Lobby
18:1518:45Proceed to Marriott Hotel
18:4519:15Cocktails Marriott Hotel Lobby
19:1522:00Welcome Gala Dinner hosted by Marriott Hotel & Ayala CenterAyala Garden, Ayala Center
22:0022:20Back to Marco Polo Plaza
18:0023:00TRAMEX venue set up2F Manila Room & 3F Hongkong Room
Day 2: 26 June, Friday
09:0017:00COREX: Whole day on-site corporate and marketing activities3F Shanghai-Beijing Room, 2F Atrium, G/F Lobby
09:0017:00Hospitality Lounge is available for continued business talks
09:0017:00TRAMEX: A whole-day intensive B2B networking, face-to-face between Foreign
Buyers and Philippine Sellers with AM/PM light snacks
2F Manila Room & 3F Hongkong Room
12:0013:00Hosted Lunch for TRAMEX Delegates & Foreign Buyers onlyGrand Ballroom
19:0022:00Farewell Dinner hosted by Marco Polo Plaza Marco Polo Plaza Grand Balcony
17:0022:00TRAMEX Egress 2F Manila Room & 3F Hongkong Room
Day 3: 27 June, Saturday
09:0017:00COREX: Whole day on-site corporate and marketing activities3F Shanghai-Beijing Room, 2F Atrium, G/F Lobby
09:0017:00Hospitality Lounge is available for continued business talks
09:0011:00Seminar on: “M.I.C.E is Back”Manila Room A
11:0013:00Seminar on: “Philippine Medical Tourism Global Competitiveness and
Manila Room B
13:0015:00Seminar on: “Green Tourism vis-à-vis Climate ChangeManila Room A
16:0016:30Closing CeremoniesManila Room A

Daet celebrates 10th Pinyasan Festival

Conceptualized by then councilor and now municipal Mayor Tito Sarion, the 10th Pinyasan Festival, also dubbed as the most colorful festival was held from June 15 to 24 in Daet, Camarines, Norte.

The week-long festivity featured a mobile display of Marikina shoe products, a beauty pageant, a food and agro-industrial fair, a cultural night, appearances by TV personalities Kristine Hermosa and Ara Mina and Miss Tourism International Michelle Reyes, and other special events.

Sporting events included surfing exhibition and competition, marathon, beach volleyball, cycling, paraw regatta, national air rifle open competition, mountain conquests, motocross tilt, sport fishing and indigenous games.

Other activities included a four-wheel-drive competition, the dedication of the Gawad Kalinga Pinyasan Village in Barangay Bibirao, the opening of the Pinyasan-GSP camp and the Tertulla de Daet at the Pabico ancestral house by the Kiwanis Club of Daet, the Reina Daeteña, and the Daet Senior Citizens Federation. Other features include a basketball competition, a singing competition, an acrobatic show, ballroom dancing, the search for Ms. Daet and Ms. Pinyasan 2009, beach volleyball, a paraw-regatta competition, sand-carving contest, and other beach events at the Bagasbas Beach, a surfing site, street dancing and a parade of floats, a Mardi Gras-type parade with participants from festivals in the Bicol region and other parts of the country. The Festival’s highlight is a streetdancing parade which showcased performers in pineapple-inspired costumes that culminate on June 24 in time for the Feast of St. John the Baptist.

Situated some 300 kilometers southeast of Manila, Daet is known nationwide as a producer of the queen or “Formosa’’ variety which is among the sweetest in the world. Daet’s tourist attractions include the Bagasbas Beach surfing area, the first monument of Dr. Jose Rizal built in 1898 by the revolutionaries, ancestral houses, old Spanish-period churches, and other natural attractions in neighboring towns.

For more inquiries, you may visit their facebook page and contact them at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pinyasan-Festival.

Mindanao Franchise Expo Scheduled this June

Franchising has evolved through the years to be the one of the most popular and successful means to expand a business or to go into a business. A fast option for business owners to grow a business is to franchise it out instead of opening own branches. On the other hand, a safe alternative to invest money is to get a reputable franchise as franchises offer the advantages of providing known, tested brands or products, ready training, and marketing and promotion assistance.

With this, the General Santos City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., Department of Trade and Industry, SMED Council, Inc., the City Government of General Santos, and RK Franchise Consultancy, together with the Filipino International Franchise Association (FIFA), will hold the 4th Mindanao Franchise Expo on June 26-28, 2009 at the Gaisano Mall of GenSan Atrium, General Santos City.

The three-day franchise expo, organized by CEO Events and Expos Organizers, Inc., is one way of bringing franchise opportunities closer to the Mindanao regions where the franchise market is growing stronger. The event is will showcase successful franchisers from Manila, Cebu, Davao and General Santos City to prospective franchisees and new and promising concepts in food, retail, or services for franchising.

The expo is open to the public and is designed to allow aspiring owners a closer look at a range of franchise options, meet with the company representatives, attend franchise seminars and become familiar with the growing world of franchising.

For inquiries on how to participate in the event, contact CEO Events and Expos Organizers, Inc. at (02) 995.0734 or email info@ceoexpos.com. The 4th Mindanao Franchise Expo is supported by FranchiseToday and Business Mirror.

PICE held Mid-year Confab at Bacolod City

Over 1,500 members from the construction, consulting, academic, and commercial sector took part in the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) 2009 National Midyear Convention held last June 25 – 27, 2009 at the Bacolod Pavilion Resort Hotel in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

Hosted by PICE Negros Occidental Chapter, the convention carried the theme, “Civil Engineers Sustaining Infrastructure Development Amidst Global Economic Crisis”. According to PICE National President Venancio I. Besavilla Jr., the convention aims to tackle technical issues involving construction management and engineering, transportation engineering and structural engineering.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. graced the opening ceremony and served as keynote speaker. His keynote address was followed by the inspirational talk of Engr. Jose Mabanta, recipient of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) “2009 Most Outstanding Civil Engineer Award”.

Dr. Benito M. Pacheco, officer-in-charge director of the Institute of Civil Engineering in the University of the Philippines College of Engineering, gave an overview of the workshop on the PICE disaster mitigation and preparedness strategies and disaster quick response program.

Other speakers were:

The guest speakers discussed topics on engineering technologies related to the five division of PICE such as Construction and Management Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Water Resources, and Hydraulic Engineering.

The PICE 2009 National Midyear Convention also featured the PICE Construction Technologies Services and Building Materials, Exhibit, Sports Tournament, Plenary Session, Technical Tracks, Job Fair, and Fellowship. The event was capped with the PICE Building Project Grand Slam Raffle where they gave away laptop bags, traveling bags, DVD players, a fax machine, cell phones, a digital camera, a digital video camera, a laptop and a brand new Nissan Navarra.

For more information about the PICE 2009 National Midyear Convention, contact the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers at (632) 448-7488 to 90, 376-4215 or visit their website at www.pice.org.ph/

Religious and Academic Books Went on Sale at Philippine Academic Book Fair

Numerous religious and academic books were sold at fair prices during the 13th Philippine Academic Book Fair held last June 23 to 27, 2009 at the SM Megatrade Hall I, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

Organized by the Academic Booksellers Association of the Philippines (ABAP), this year’s book fair carried the theme “The Filipino Booksellers: Responding To Academic and Information Needs In The Midst Of Global Challenges”.

Association of Local Colleges and Universities (ALCU) and the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) President Atty. Adel Tamano, and University of the Philippines – Diliman Head University Librarian Prof. Salvacion Arlante led the ribbon cutting ceremony to signify the formal opening of the five day event.

Atty. Tamano talked about the importance of the reading culture today and how instrumental the booksellers are to address this issue. Meanwhile, Prof. Arlante shared about the UP Library experience with booksellers and how they have bridged the needs of the Library. ABAP President Mr. Lino Dagus briefly discuss the state of the Association and the book and publishing industry itself.

Filipino folk singer and composer Mr. Noel Cabangon also graced the occasion and serenaded the audience with his inspiring compositions.

This year’s fair featured 44 exhibitors in the book publishing and book selling. It became a perfect venue for librarians, students, professionals and book enthusiast and took advantage of purchasing new books sold at fair prices.

The 13th Philippine Academic Book Fair is co-organized by Primetrade Asia, Inc., and supported by the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education with the following media partners: St. Paul Libreria, 99.5RT, 101.1 Yes!FM, and NU107.

For more information about the event, contact Primetrade Asia, Inc., at (632) 896-0661, 896-0682, fax (632) 896-0695, email: bookfair@primetradeasia.com or visit their website at http://www.primetradeasia.com/

Sunday, June 28, 2009

C! Magazine Launched Women’s Driving Program

C! Magazine in cooperation with Kia Motors, Goodyear, Casio Sheen, and Bendix staged "Driving Women", a mini trade fair at SMX Convention Center Hall, Mall of Asia last June 20 to 21, 2009.

The event is in relation to the magazine’s project Women’s Driving Program and marked the launch of a new women’s section within the popular car magazine. It also aims to engage women with knowledge on basic car maintenance and preventive tips while pampering her with beauty, wellness and health services on the side.

The event featured talks on Road Safety, Car Management Sessions. Moreover, there were also booths that offer car products and services, Test Drives, Motoring Accessories, Consultation Booths, and Lifestyle and Pampering Pavilions.

C! Magazine publishes the best automotive news, features, and reviews every month. A group of editors and writer that are passionate about cars are behind the magazine. Their goal is to create a wholly Filipino car magazine that could compete toe to toe with the very best in the world.

For more information, contact C! Magazine at (632) 728-3720 – 21, fax (632) 844-2599, e-mail info@c-magazine.com or visit http://www.c-magazine.com/.

MAFBEX 2009 Set as RP's Largest Food Expo

Over 480 local booths and 60 international booths participated in the 3rd Manila Food and Beverage Expo (MAFBEX) 2009 held last June 17 – 21, 2009 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Organized by Worldbex Services International, in cooperation with De la Salle – College of St. Benilde (DLS-CSB) - School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management (SHRIM), Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP), and Department of Tourism, the event was the biggest and most comprehensive food show of the year. MAFBEX 2009 serves as an avenue of small-scale and large-scale food businesses to attract potential buyers and promote local and international food business.

Philippine food legend Chef Nora Guanzon Villanueva – Daza with son Sandy and popular television show World Cafe Asia host and chef Bobby Chinn graced MAFBEX 2009. Chef Chinn held a special cooking demo, serving lobster paella and a Vietnamese dish.

The 5th ASEAN Bartending Championship served as one of the highlights of MAFBEX 2009, which was held last June 19. The international competition was jointly organized by HRAP and ASEAN Hotel and Restaurant Association. During the competition, young skilled professional bartenders from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines presented unique concoctions while exhibiting their flairtending and bartending moves. The competition aims to promote and improve the standards of ASEAN bartending in the hotel and restaurant industry.

SHRIM also staged inter-school competitions on table setup, cake decoration, mocktail punch, and travel poster design during the four-day event.

The 3rd Manila Food and Beverage Expo is supported by the Association of Food Cart Owners and Suppliers Philippines, Inc., (AFO) Food Caterers Association of the Philippines (FCAP), Filipino International Franchise Association (FIFA), United Coconut Associations of the Philippines (UCAP), Flaming Olives Mobile Bar, and Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association, Inc.,(PAGASA), and the following media partners: DWRR 101.9 For Life, ABS-CBN Publishing Inc., Apetite Magazine, Business Mirror, Business World, Buy and Sell Philippines, Celebrity Recipes Plus Home and Gardens Magazine, China Business Philippines, Cook Magazine, DZMM Radyo Patrol 630kHz, DZMM Teleradyo, Filbars, Food Magazine, Franchise Today , Manila Bulletin, Philippine Graphic, The Philippine Star, Seniors Magazine, Jam 88.3, Killer Bee FM, Wave 891, Magic 89.9, 99.5 RT, and 103.5 Max FM. MAFBEX 2009 is for the benefit of ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.,

For more information about the event, contact Worldbex Services International at (632) 531-6374; 531-6350; 531-5044; 533-6988, fax (632) 533 2026, email info@worldbex.com or visit their website at www.worldbex.com

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Yes, We Can! The 40th National Marketing Conference

With the goal to serve as a rallying call for the immediate creation of strategic and pragmatic marketing solutions and approaches to survive, thrive, and drive growth in a recession, the Philippine Marketing Association, together with ARIVA Seminar and Convention Organizers, organized the Yes, We Can! The Philippine Marketing Crisis Summit – The 40th National Marketing Conference at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza last June 16 and 17.

Day One of the event tackled situations under the category “Crisis Marketing Issues.” The roster of speakers for this part included Prof. Bernie Villegas from the University of Asia and the Pacific (Philippine Economic Outlook 2009–2010); Ms. Yoly Ong, Group Chairperson of Campaigns and Grey (Insight Marketing: Probing into the Filipino Consumer in Turbulent Times); Mr. Austen Chamberlain, president of the American Chamber of Commerce, and Mr. Claud Haberer, Chairman of Ricci Association (Global Economic Situation: Let’s Look Beyond the Obvious); Mr. Oscar Sanchez, CEO of Business Processing Association of the Philippines (The Law of Supply and Demand in the Business Process Outsourcing Industry); and Press Secretary Cerge Remonde (†) (The Role of Government in Boosting Brand Philippines).

Day Two, meanwhile, was entitled “Move Over Traditional Marketing.” Speakers for the second day were Dr. Hooi Den Huan from Nanyang Technology University (Revisiting the 4 P’s of Marketing: New P’s, Other Paradigms, Bold Steps); Mr. Josiah Go, Chairman and Marketing Specialist of Mansmith and Fielders (Market Driving Strategies); Dr. Luz Suplico-Ong, President of the Association of Training Institute of Foreign Trade in the Philippines (The Business Model for SME’s); Executive Director Ramon Lopez of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (Changing the Mindset of Filipino Entrepreneurs); Mr. David Guerrero, Chairman and CEO of BBDO Guerrero (Advertising Beyond the Box); Dr. Nards Garcia, CPM, Dean of the College of Business Administration of the Lyceum of the Philippines University (Reputation Management: The Rise of Public Relations); and Ms. Charo Santos-Concio, President of ABS-CBN (Marketing in the Philippine Entertainment Industry: Let’s Celebrate Something Good in Difficult Times).

Sponsors and partners for the event were Catalytx, The Philippine daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Business World, Carlo Rossi, Cebu Pacific Air, Penshoppe, Ex-Link, Magic 89.9, Jam 88.3, Wave 89.1, 99.5 RT, 103.5 Max FM, RMRC, and Timeline Productions.

Please contact (632) 634-5722 (telefax), (632) 634-4890, (632) 636-1451, (632) 638-7700, or (632) 636-1451 (fax), or send an email to philmarketing@pldtdsl.net or sarahpv@pldtdsl.net. You may also visit the Philippine Marketing Association website for more details.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Business Technology and Graphic Expo

To offer business and graphic related technologies to mall goers, Ex-Link presented a 14-day exhibit last June 25-July 8, 2009 at Westmall, Centermall Atrium, SM city North EDSA, Philippines.

The exhibitors included print and graphic technologies, advertising companies, digital imaging, graphic imaging and sign making companies, pre-press publishing, multimedia, animation, internet service providers, web developers, photography & videography companies, office securities solutions, small office and home office technologies and other related products and services.

The event was sponsored by Graphic, Business Mirror, Asenso Pinoy, Creativoices and Cebuwebads.com.

For more details, call/fax: 643-3887/643-7760/640-7439/640-1280; email: events@exlinkevents.com / events_exlink@yahoo.com.ph or visit the website: www.exlinkevents.com / www.exlinkevent.info.

The Philippine BPO Industry: Changing in the Face of New Challenges

The Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPA/P) and Outsource2Philippines (O2P), in cooperation with Team Asia presented an exclusive senior executive meeting titled: “State of the BPO Industry: The Mid-Year Report”.

The event took place last June 16, 2009 from 7 A.M. to 10 A.M. at the Taipan Restaurant, Tower Club, 33/F Philam Life Tower, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.

The Mid- year report discussed the conflicting trends and its impact on the Philippine BPO industry at that time. The meeting was attended by the top executives and stake holders of the Philippine BPO industry.

For more information about the said event, please call: Rona Castillo at 757-3500 loc. 311 or email rccastillo@teamasia.com or visit the website: http://www.teamasia.com/events/BPAP_StateofTheBPOIndustry/index.aspx

14th Graphic Expo

A four-day seminar on advance computer skills was held last June 3-6, 2009 at Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), Roxas Blvd., Pasay City.

The event focused on desktop publishing, large format print, web publishing, multimedia and animation. The First day of the seminar was mainly basic knowledge about Adobe Photoshop CS4, the second day centered on Graphic Designing; third day was the mastery while the last was allotted to application.  
For further information, please call: +632-890639, 8960637, 8996216, fax: +632-8960637, 890201, email: fiera@info.com.ph, visit web site: www.fmi.com.ph.

Remedial Perspectives on the Global Financial Crisis

A conference with the goal to bring together business interested individuals that will discuss solutions to current business difficulties was held last June 18, 2009 at the Executive Lounge of Ayala Tower One in Makati City.

The event was organized by TA TRADE ADVISORY SERVICES and TA Nuñez law with JCI-Manila (The Manila Jaycees). It was titled Remedial Perspectives on the Global Financial Crisis. It featured speakers from the academe, government and business sectors.

Speakers were; Dr. Cecilio Pedro, president and chief executive officer of Lamoiyan Corporation; Roy Ybañez, a professor on Corporate Finance and Investment Management at the University of the Philippines College of Business Administration; and Efren Leaño, executive director of the Management Services Group at the Board of Investments.

For more Information contact Li Gonzales at 525-6792, fax at 525-2631; or Lizel Landicho at 891-1881.

Cebu ICT 2009 Tackles Top Issues to Fuel Growth of Cebu ICT Industry

In annual celebration of the Cebu Business Month (CBIM), the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), in cooperation with the Cebu Educational Development Foundation for Information Technology (CEDF-IT), is organizing the Cebu Information and Communications Technology (Cebu ICT) 2009 Conference and Exhibition on June 25 to 27, 2009 at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC), in Mandaue City, Cebu.

Carrying the theme, “Cebu: e-merging Island of Innovation”, the event aims to celebrate the momentous achievement of Cebu, recognized by Tholons Global Services -- a leading full-service strategic advisory firm for global outsourcing and investment -- as number one among the top fifty (50) Emerging Outsourcing Cities of the World. Moreover, it aims to gather and encourage the stakeholders of the Cebu ICT industry to pursue the next level goal of being acknowledged as an “emerged” rather than an “emerging” ICT investment destination, offshoring and outsourcing service provider.

The three-day conference will feature a plenary session on June 25, 2009 that will tackle issues such as:

  • What is needed to accomplish Cebu's vision of becoming an ICT hub?
  • What is the roadmap to the infrastructure of the future?
  • How can we build the business environment needed for ICT innovation?
  • How can we find new markets and new ways of providing ICT services?

Mr. Jerry Rapes, Chairman of the Cebu ICT 2009, shared, “We have invited internationally recognized speakers like Mr. Avinash Vashista, CEO and Founder of Tholons Global Services; Mr. Winston Damarillo, Chairman of Global Gateway Investment Group; Mr. Jon Kaplan, President of Teledevelopment; and Mr. Lope Doromal, Chief Technologist of IBM; who can share their experiences to help fast track the growth of the ICT industry in Cebu” .

Furthermore, there will also be breakout sessions on June 26, 2009 that will highlight focused areas such as Technopreneurship, Human Resource Development and Technology Accelerators; as well as an Exhibition that will run during the conference. Mr. Arnold Banogon, Chairman of the Exhibition Committee for the Cebu ICT 2009, stated that entrance to the exhibition is free, but, the organizers will keep the first day and the whole morning of the second day exclusive for conference delegates. It will be open to the general public on Friday, June 26, from 1pm to 5pm, and on Saturday, June 27, from 9am to 5pm.

There will also be other event highlights that are organized by conference sponsors and implementing partners. IBM will conduct the V on Blades Roadshow from June 25 to 26 and the Agility @ Scale on June 26 at the CICC. In addition, the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) will organize a Developers' Conference (DevCon – Visayas) within the Cebu ICT 2009 on June 26, from 2pm to 10pm. “We want to get the software developers in the Visayas area together during the Cebu ICT 2009 conference in order to share notes on new technologies and tools”, shares Ms. Diane Suico, Marketing Program Director for PSIA

“At the end of this conference, we want to be able to make an assessment of where Cebu is and what we need to do to move forward. We will help build a plan of record, keep a scorecard on the progress we have made and share this with all the stakeholders. It is only through the proactive participation of all stakeholders that we can achieve the dream of Cebu becoming an 'emerged' ICT hub soon”, adds Chairman Rapes.

For more information on Cebu ICT 2009, visit website: www.cebuict2009.com or contact Cebu ICT 2009 Organizing Committee through Ms. Denise Cristobal at mmcristobal@cebu-chamber.com

Restaurant Marketing Reloaded: Summit for Restaurateurs, etc.

To discover how Resto-Preneurs and other industry stakeholders drive sales revenues and build sustainable restaurant brands, the restaurant marketing summit conducted whole-day business sessions packed with insightful tips and timely wisdom from business managers, restaurant owners and from other sectors that help make “restauranting” a successful journey on June 25 at The Fort.

The topics listed below were tackled with the people mentioned respectively.

Top Restaurants Chefs Reveal Winning Ways in Menu and Recipe Development
By Ariel Manuel, Chef De Cuisine and Mia Manuel, Pastry Chef, Lolo Dad’s
Top Restaurants Chefs Reveal Successful Management Techniques as New Ways to Drive Competitive Advantage
By Roby Goco, Executive Chef and Owner of Cyme Greek Taverna
Top Hotel Chef Shares How New Restaurant Concepts are Transformed to Winning Restaurant Brands
By David Pardo de Ayala, Corporate Chef, Discovery Group of Hotels
The Brand Impact of Going Green
By Jaquilline Haessig Alleje, Owner of Rizal Dairy Farm and Board Member of International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements
By Pacita “Chit” Juan, Founder and co-owner, ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle and Co-Chair, Philippine Coffee Board Inc.
New Standards of Excellence in the Restaurant Industry
By Ines Cabarrus and Elian Habayeb, authors of “Manila’s Best-Kept Restaurant Secrets’ book
New Online Marketing Solutions for Growing Restaurant Business
By Howell Hay, Managing Director, munchpunch.com
By Edward David, Director for Business Development, clickthecity.com
By Michael Rastas, Industry Consultant, myfoodtrip.com

Attendees were allowed to take home new business solutions. Restaurant owner, chef, an HRM educator, or an operations and marketing executive who work in the exciting restaurant industry graced the event.

Registration Fee was P3,900 per delegate which included lunch, am and pm snacks, summit ID and certificate of attendance.

For registration and inquiries, contact (02) 215-1474, telefax (02) 727-2057, mobile 0917-8538037, 0922-8676368 or e-mail restomarkreloaded@gmail.com, courage_asia@yahoo.com. You can also visit their website at www.courageasia.com.

Monday, June 15, 2009

New Exhibitors Present during CEBUCON 09

A number of new exhibitors participated in the 17th Construction Show Cebu (CEBU CON) last June 5 to 8, 2009 at the Cebu Trade Hall, SM City Cebu. CEBU CON is recognized as the region’s biggest and largest longest running annual trade exhibit.

White Horse Ceramic Industries Sdn Bhd, distributed by Cebu Oversea Hardware Co. Inc., is one of the participating exhibitors of the said event. Its products include ceramic floor and wall tiles, porcelain granite tiles, porcelain stones floor and wall tiles, and multi-effect granite tiles.

GT Stoneworks, one of the premier producers of manufactured Stone Wall Claddings, is also a new player on the said event. Other exhibitors joining the event for the first time were the Philippine Gabions/Maccaferri, a firm that promotes product solutions for environmental problems; FourlinQ Corp. and Elite Windows System & Design, a company that offers windows and doors; Primary Steel Gate Systems, a supplier of remote controlled swing gate operator and sliding gate operator; A+ Structure, which carries Wonder Blocks, Hybrid Walls, EIFS, Concrete Products, Concrete Materials, Load Bearing Walls, Tile Adhesives and Skim Coat; and Wicker & Vine, Inc. offers kitchen cabinetry and custom interiors, furniture and veneering works.

Aside from the new exhibitors, other companies that consistently support the CEBU CON include Apo Cement by Cemex; MatWood & WeatherWood by Matimco, Inc.; Davies Paints; Elektro Werk, Inc. (EWI) for PowerCraft and AEG Power Tools; iTrade; ABC Philippines, Inc.; Deepe Marketing, Multiline Cebu, Inc.; Mariwasa Siam Ceramics; and Multi-Style Innovative Products, Inc.

For more information, contact CEBUCON 2009 Secretariat at (6362) 232-3729, 2313172, (63917) 322-1019, (63917) 838-2183, (63917) 897-3207, (63917)546-4811 or log on to http://www.constructionshowcebu.com/.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Digital Art and Design Professionals, Enthusiasts Participated in 14th Graphic Expo 2009

Graphic arts, printing, photography, and creative design enthusiasts and professionals filled the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) in Pasay City for the 14th Graphic Expo 2009 held last June 03-06, 2009.

Organized by Fiera de Manila, Inc., in cooperation with Philippine Center for Creative Imaging and Zone V Camera Club, the event lives up to its reputation as the country’s premier trade show in creative and graphic design, digital photography and imaging, pre-press, print production, large format advertising, web publishing, multimedia, and animation.

The four-day event was filled with seminars on the following topics:
Mr. Jun Miranda, Faculty Member, PCCI - Color Management Made Simple
- Mastering Channels and Masking in Adobe Photoshop CS4
- Advanced Photoshop CS4 for Graphic Designers
- Killer Photoshop Tips and Techniques for Photographers
- The Secrets to Portrait Retouching
- Mastering Color in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Mr. Mario Ramirez, Faculty Member, PCCI - Beginning Adobe Photoshop CS4
- Upgrading to Adobe Photoshop CS4: What's New?
Mr. Noel Rosos, Faculty Member, PCCIAn Introduction to Premiere Pro CS4
Mr. Reynaldo Mendoza, JrDesigning for Web 2.0
Mr. Michael Martinez, Faculty Member, PCCIMigrating to InDesign CS4
Mr. Guillermo Ramos, Faculty Member, PCCIThe Basics and Beyond of Publication Design
Mr. Antonio Bucu, Faculty Member, PCCI - The Adobe Power Cube of Graphic Design
- Guerrilla Graphic Design
Mr. Santiago Lucero, Faculty Member, PCCI - Final Cut Studio From Start to Finish
- Final Cut Studio Tips and Tricks
Mr. AJ Siytangco, Faculty Member, PCCI - What's New in Maya 2009
- Integrating Maya and Photoshop
Ms. Catherine Crisostomo, Faculty Member, PCCIStylizing Photos in Illustrator (Converting Photos to Cool Vector Graphic
Mr. Jon Danao, Faculty Member, PCCI - Adobe Flash CS4 Cartooning
- Energizing Adobe Flash CS4 Projects (with Action Script)
Ms. Ronna Lara-Bes Integrating 3D Graphics Into Live Action Shots
Mr. Stanley Coloma, Faculty Member, PCCIAfter Effects CS4 Unleashed
Mr. Ronnie M. Millevo, MillevoMediaMaking Powerful Corporate Presentation Materials and Web Projects
Mr. Hanz Joseph Dy, Faculty Member, PCCI - Creating Forms in Acrobat
- Multimedia in PDF
Mr. Sonny Leon, Faculty Member, PCCI - More Power Into Power Point with CorelDRAW
- CorelDRAW Cheat Codes: Tips and Tricks
Mr. Christopher Tan Implementing An Effective Storage Strategy
Mr. John Mateos Ong, Imagine Nation PhotographyWedding and Portrait Photography: Insights, Tips, and Techniques

The 14th Graphic Expo is sponsored by Canon, Hewlett Packard (HP), SII Color Painter, and the following media partners: The Philippine Star, Business World, Business Mirror, Computerworld Philippines, Enterprise Magazine, Philippine Graphic, Hardware Magazine (HWM) Media G8way Corp., PC World Philippines http://pcworld.com.ph/, i-mag Photography Magazine, PC Buyer's Guide, Adobo Magazine, Optimind Technology Solutions, and The Radio Partners, Inc. (Jam 88.3, Wave 891, Magic 89.9, Killer Bee FM, 99.5 RT, and 103.5 Max FM)

For more information about the event, contact Fiera de Manila at (632) 896-0637, 899-2952, 896-0639, 899-6216, 890-2101, fax (632) 890-2101, 896-0637, email fiera@info.com, or visit their website at www.fmi.com.ph.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

3rd Manila International Dance Sport Federation Competition

To mark its 13th anniversary, the Dance Sport Council of the Philippines (DSCPI) staged the IDSF Open Latin and Standard Competition last June 21, 2009 at the Isla Grand Ballroom of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City.

The Japanese pair of Yumiya Kubota-Rara Kubota grabbed the gold medal in the Latin discipline of the competition while Masayuki Ishihara-Ayami Kubo got the Standard Category. Garnering the second prize in the Latin division were the Philippine representatives Ronnie Vergara and Charlea Lagaras.   

The said event was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Freitag, the IDSF president.

Becky Garcia, DSCPI president said that they will be sending representatives to the Olympic-recognized events such as the World Games.

For more details, call: (632) 635-0116; fax: (632) 653-0116; email: dancesportsphils@yahoo.com or visit www.dancesportphils.com

Marine and Aquatic Resources Conference and Trade Show

With the theme “Sustaining the Development of Aquatic lifestyle”, a conference on marine and aquatic resources was held last June 11-14, 2009 at the World Trade Center.

The events goal was to teach the trade manufacturers and business practitioners skills that are vital in their field. It was also to encourage them to be vigilant on the issue of water pollution, habitat degradation, overfishing and global warming.

It was organized by the Manila Aqua Marine and Aquatic Resources Exposition and Agri-Aqua Network International, Inc., Ating Alamin by Gerry Geronimo with the support of the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

For more information, call Lotty at 391-3461 or 391-3474

1st National Business Conference of Independent Business Clubs

Various independent business clubs around the archipelago gathered in Marco Polo Plaza Hotel, Nivel Hills, Cebu City last June 11, 2009 for the first National Business Conference.

The conference titled “Facing old Challenges, Forging New Engagements” focused on four key topics; view of the foreign investor, reforming the budget process, transparency and governance and education reform.

Speakers were Sen. Chiz Escudero, Sen. Mar Roxas, Sec. Gilbert Teodoro, Jose L. Cuisa Jr., Rep. Teofisto L. Guingona III, Dr. Chito B. Salazar and Peter L. Wallace. The reactors in the luncheon forum included Mr. Jess Alcordo, Dr. Benjamin Diokno, Mr. Simeon Marfor III and Dr. Felipe Medalla.

It was participated by Makati Business Club, Cebu Business Club, ARMM Business Club, Mindanao Business Council, Sta. Rosa Business Club, Iloilo Business Club, Calamba Business Club, Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Iligan Bay Chamber of Commerce, European Chamber of Commerce, American Chamber of Commerce, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Mactan Island Chamber of Commerce.

For more Information, call: (02) 751-1140 (Roxanne) or (02)751-1137 to 38 (Betty) or email: Roxanne.lu@mbc.com.ph or betty.legarza@mbc.com.ph.