Friday, April 30, 2010

BIPA on its 4th Dragon Boat Fest in Bora

The 4th Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival sailed last April 22-24 along the inviting blue waters of Boracay island. Twenty local and visiting teams competed in the 500 meter races with the Philippine Army winning the men’s, Hong Kong based Stormy Dragon topping the women’s, and the Fleet Marine ending up on top of the mixed class.

The festival program includes welcome cocktails and opening ceremony with the parade of teams and the traditional dotting of the “eye of the dragon” and a most enjoyable awards dinner and farewell party for all participants.

Boracay Island Paddlers’ Association (BIPA) organized the 1st Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival in 2007 and since then the races become an annual event.

Nenette Aguirra-Graf, BIPA President, noted that they consider the Team CamSur, last edition’s big winner, as a machine on how it dominates all their opponents. She also stressed that Team CamSur is out of the game this year.

This successful event was organized by the BIPA, presented by the Department of Tourism in cooperation with the Municipality of Malay, the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation, and the Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Convention Center. It was also supported by Smart, Manny O. Wines, Sea Air, Zest Air, and Fairways and Bluewater Golf and Country Club, with Manila Standard as one of the media partners.

Palanca’s 60th

The Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards) is now on its 60th year, categories include: English Division-Short story, Short story for children, Essay, Poetry, One-act Play, Full-length Play; Filipino Division-Maikling Kwento, Maikling kwentong pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Dulang may Isang yugto, and Dulang Pampelikula; and Regional Languages Division-Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Iluko. New categories are Poetry Written for Children in the English Division and Tulang Isinulat Para sa mga Bata in Filipino Division.

Contestants, who have submitted the articles on April 10 deadline, submitted a maximum of one entry per category depending on their personal choice.

Palanca Awards is well-known all over the country for its aim to help develop Philippine Literature by providing incentives for writers to craft their most outstanding literary works and to be a treasury of the Philippine’s literary gems from our gifted writers and to assist in its eventual dissemination to our people, particularly the students.

On the other hand, in the Kabataan Division, a special division for young writers below 18 years old, the Essay theme in the English category is “What is in the environment that I can protect?” and in Filipino category, “Ano sa kalikasan ang aking kayang pangalagaan?”

The literary contest is open to all Filipino (or former Filipino) citizens, except current officers and employees of its organizing body, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. Contest rules and official entry forms are available at

The Foundation’s office is located at 6/F, One World Square Bldg., 10 Upper Mckinley Road, Mckinley Hill Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Call 8560808; email;
Winners will be announced on Sept. 1, 2010.

ATC hosted Off Road Show and Adventure ’10

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, co-presented by BBC TopGear Philippines in cooperation with The Philippine Star, Auto Review, NU 107 and San Mig Alabang Pub and Restaurant presented The Off Road and Adventure Show 2010 last April 23 at the Alabang Town Center.

The show exhibits the latest, and hottest SUVs in the market, the best frontliners of the latest 4WD Vehicles in the country such as Ford, Audi, Mitsubishi, and Toyota and other exhibitors displayed leading, quality outdoor products and services such as gadgets, apparels, and gears.

Moreover, the show featured a gallery display of one of the top-notch photographers today, Alfred Mendoza. He is a top known photographer, that capture hot-wheels and off-road through his lens.

BlueBoyBitesBack, Mayonnaise, and Stonefree performed at the Activity Center on the opening day to add some rock ambience in the said event.

This event is also brought to you impart by Ducati, KTM, Automobile Association of the Philippines, Coppertone,, Tsikot.TV, Berrima, Tempura Japanese Grill, and Ride for Fun Auto Supply & Accessories.

Event Philippines is in charge of event organization through Ms. Erica Araojo (5070598, 3944051,

PSCCI 17th Annual Convention

The Philippine Society of Cardiovascular and Catheterization and Interventions Inc. held their 17th Annual Scientific Convention at Edsa Shangri-La Hotel Mandaluyong City last April 30 to May 1.

With the theme, “Experiencing Technological Advancements Interventional Cardiology”, the 2-day event covered and tackled various topics in cardiovascular studies and other wide rang topics like the Live Case Presentation of Interventional Procedures, Tips and Tricks in Trans Radical PCI discussed by Joaquin Emilio G. Jison, M.D., Emergencies by Allied Medical Services discussed by Dahlia O. Estrera, M.D., and Prompt Response to Cathlab.

Moreover, the event also launched a Research Contest and conducted their General Assembly and Fellowship Night to conclude the successful convention which was spearheaded by the Overall Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Mr. Jose Nicolas M. Cruz, M.D.

The convention will not be a complete success without the support of Therepharma, Abbott, Cordis, Bayer Health Care, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Eli Lilly and Company, Asahi Intecc, New Market Link, sanofi Aventis, Paradigm Biodevices Inc., St. Jude Medical Inc., PHP Medical Distributors, Otsuka, RG-Meditron Inc., and Terumo Medical.

19th Transsport Show at the Megatrade Hall

The 19th Trans Sport Show at the Megatrade Hall in SM Megamall featured 80-plus tricked-out cars competing for the title of best show car in the Philippines. The show was presented last April 21 to 25. The event also featured restored vintage cars for some nostalgia for car enthusiasts.

Sophie delos Santos, President of the all-female group of TradeShow International noted that this year is the most prestigious car show and competition in the country because it features modern and classic cars on display at the same time showcasing the best in Philippine motoring for the last 50 years. She also shared that the participants enter the competition every year with more radical cars and wonderful accessories.

The Trans Sport Show also honored the most regular participants through the 19 years for their loyalty and perseverance in joining the competition year after year.

The 19th Caltex Trans Sport Show Cup Winners were: 1956 Porsche 356A Cabriolet of Benjie Atilano as the Best of Show Nostalgic; 2002 Scion XB by JWorks Unlimited as the Best of Show Contemporary and Best in Paint; 1979 Porsche 911 of William Tan as Reserve Best of Show Nostalgic; and 2007 Honda Civic FD of Bong Hilario by Auto Circuit Enterprises as Reserve Best of Show Contemporary.

Other Class and Special Awards were: 1918 Chevy 490 Light Delivery truck by Alfred Motorworks as Best Pre-War first place; the 2nd place for Pre-War and Most Promising Hot Rod was snatched by the 1939 Ford Coupe De Luxe of Edwin Domingo by The New Auto Dresscode.

This year’s event is sponsored by Padi’s Point, Lazer Maxx, Gotcha, Blade, Resorts World Manila, Cafe Puro, Solar Sports, Jack TV, Sunshine TV, Motoring Today, AutoFocus, Auto Review, Stoplight TV, Viva Prime, C! Magazine, Top Gear Philippines,,,,,,,, Digital Resource, DZRH 666, Magic 89.9, Wave 89.1, NU Rock 107.5, 99.5RT, 103.5 Max FM, DWIZ 882, Dream 106.7, Crossover 105.1, UR105.9, 97.9 Home Radio, U92, Business Mirror, Businessworld, The Manila Times, The Philippine STAR, Manila Bulletin, Chinese Commercial News, Daily Tribune, and Malaya Business Insight.

LBHS Staged Flower and ‘Garden Wedding’ Show

As a way to recognize the popularity of garden weddings and receptions in the Philippines, the Los Baños Horticulture Society (LBHS), formerly Los Baños Orchid Society, held its summer show last April 23 to May 2, 2010 at the Senior’s Social Garden in University of Los Banos, Laguna.

With this year’s theme “Garden Wedding”, the event was filled with creative displays of numerous flora that are ideal for garden wedding setups. Invited speakers also talked about how to use plants and garden accessories — seeds, seedlings, flowering plants, garden bells, and lamps — as wedding giveaways.

VS Orchids, Vic’s Orchids & Ornamentals, Valesol, Flower Box, Gintong Talulut, Exotica, Varunee Garden, Robelle Garden, Malvarosa, Earth Keepers, DAP, Tony Pajaro, Mabuhay Orchids and Genesis participated in the landscape exhibit and showcased their arrangements in the center hall.

Among the special guest include Mr. Vic Chin who gave a talk on “Wedding Cake Decoration Using Fresh Flowers”, Dr. Monina Siar, noted specialist on Hoya, Mussaenda and other ornamental plants; and Mr. Danny Tiu, author of Grammatophyllum of the Philippines, which was recently published by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD). The book was on sale during the garden show.

Like previous garden shows organized by the LBHS, seedlings, fruit crops, exotic fruit trees, foliage plants, flowering plants, and orchids were available and sold to guests and participants throughout the event.

For more information about the event, contact the Los Baños Horticulture Society at (63920) 577-6552 or visit their website at

Skyathon Bora Beach and Surf Run

The Skyathon Bora Beach and Surf Run was held last April 24 at the Beach Front of Guilly’s Island in Station 1 in the island of Boracay. The competition gave freedom to runners if they prefer to go barefoot or run in aqua socks when they run in the said in the said island terrains.

Participants also joined the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary and Kiwanis Club of Boracay in cleaning up the area after the said competition.

This very special event was organized by Sky Cable and officiated by Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP). Sponsors supporters were Bayan DSL, Gold’s Gym, Second Wind, SEAIR, ACCEL, Alta Vista Hotel, Boracay Regency Hotel, Club Paraw, Cyma Restaurant, Guilly’s Island, Paraiso Grill Lobster House, Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary-Boracay, and Kiwanis Club of Boracay.

For more information, contact the Triathlon Association of the Philippines at (632) 710-8259, (63916) 504-6513, (63915) 639-4233, fax (632) 809-2713, 850-5254, email, or visit

PALHS AquaFiesta 2010

“It is our aim that maybe in the near future, we can make Aquafiesta an international event here in the Philippines and thus help lift up the ornamental fish industry,” PALHS President Vigilart “Archie” David said in an interview about the AquaFiesta 2010.This aim buoyed even more as the event exhibited its underwater grandeur at Tiendesitas, Pasig City last April 26 to May 2.

The event was a successful plunge for the Philippine Arowana and Luo Han Society (PALHS), the event’s organizing team, in line with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources’ (BFAR) Ornamental Fish Week fete. PALHS is a non-stock, non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance and reliable information through sharing knowledge, experiences and ideas for those that enjoy the challenge and satisfaction of keeping Arowana, Lou Han (Flowerhorn) and other types of freshwater and marine fishes. It is also the objective of PALHS to encourage, aid, and spread the enjoyment of the aquarium hobby in the Philippines.

AquaFiesta 2010 displayed Arowana Shows and the first ever Koi and Goldfish Shows. Competitions of fish breeds between aquarium hobbyists were also held at the event that made the Team Cebu homed six out of seven trophies from different Koi and other fish breeds categories.

AquaFiesta 2010 is sponsored by Tiendesitas, Las Farolas – the Water World, TOMiGAi, Manila Bulletin, Agriculture Magazine, and Viking. The event which is also supported by BFAR also has a special acknowledgment to Mr. Henry G. Babiera,

For more information, you can visit PALHS’s website at or contact them at (0922) UR-PALHS (87-72547).

Event Asia 2010

“This is about the booming future of events industry in the Philippines”, Ms. Annaliza Bacani Laxamana, President and CEO of The Next Step Events Inc., this year’s Events Asia Conference and Tradeshow organizer which made the whole event a success.

Events Asia 2010 was held at Boracay Eco-Village Resort and Convention Center last April 28 to 30. From having it executed in a paradise-like place like in the Philippines’ pride, Boracay, even the guest speakers were amazed for the event’s hit.

The experts in the Events Industry worldwide included Mr. Steven Hacker, Mr. Mark Cochrane, Ms. Lara McCulloch Mr. Robert Rogers, Mr. Eduardo Braniff, Mr. Brian Slawin, Mr. Mark Sonders, Mr. Jeffrey Soh, Mr. Steve Tait, Ms. Susan de Cardenas and Mr. Jojo Ajero.

Mr. Steven Hacker, President of International Association of Exhibition and Events (IAEE) and conference’s Keynote speaker said that the presenters and content that were offered in Events Asia were outstanding. He regarded, from his viewpoint, that the event was really successful.

Among others, Mr. Jeffrey Soh, CEO, Conceptual Events Co. just opened up the potential possibility of the country in the event industry. “Philippines is very beautiful and rich. The government should support the private sectors in promoting it to other countries,” he said.

“What Events Asia 2010 did for the delegates was to bring International ideas and concepts to the Philippines. And what it did for the speakers was to give us a taste of this beautiful, intelligent and warm-hearted country,” also shared by Ms. Lara McCulloch, President of Ready2Spark Canada.

After all, The Next Step Events Inc. said that Events Asia is their way of upgrading the Events Industry in the country, providing event professionals the latest trends, innovations and fresh ideas that will help them keep up with the fast-pacing world of exhibition and events. It was also their way of promoting the Philippines, especially the beautiful island of Boracay, as one of the best alternative venue for hosting an international event in Asia.

Events Asia 2010 is supported by the International Association of Exhibition and Events (IAEE), International Special Events Society (ISES-HK), Advertising Suppliers of the Philippines (ASAP), Boracay Ecovillage Convention Center, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Business World, Adobo Magazine, 7107 Island Travel Magazine, Universal Fortune, Radio Partners, Studio 23, Negros Navigation, Omnisource, Jack & Jenn Catering, Unilab, Pureplay, Freedom Post, Videosonic, Clear Channels, and Modern Ads and Promo Inc.

For more information, contact Ms. Rocelle Añabeza ( / 0906-654-1314), Ms. Aileen Mariano ( / 0920-646-0018) or Ms. Mafel Hebulan ( / 0916-646-0017).

For registration, call them at (632) 470-3067 or (632) 470-2757 or just visit their website at

PMAP Hosts Connecting Philippine HR to the World: A Fusion of HR Best Practices

Human resources, better known as HR, are an integral part of a company. They provide options for the personal growth of employees and develop ways in order to encourage and develop a harmonious relationship within the organization. In order to do these tasks effectively, HR practitioners must keep abreast of the latest trends and best practices not only locally but globally.

Keeping track with the globalization of many aspects of business, the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) organized a special learning event entitled “Connecting Philippine HR to the World: A Fusion of HR Best Practices” at the SMX Convention Center at Pasay City.

Held last April 23, the conference featured six of topnotch HR practitioners to discuss specific topics: Mr. Ernesto G. Espinosa, president of the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA) discussed “Global Leadership Development and Challenges.” Mr. Pieter Haen, president of the European Association of People Management was the speaker for “Creating People Advantage in Times of Crisis and Beyond.” African Federation of Personnel Management Associations president Mr. Tiisetso Tsukudu tackled “HR in the Changed Economy.” Vice President of the International Society of Human Resource Management Mr. Brian Giade talked about “The Future of HR: What’s Next for the Profession?” Mr. Horacio Quiros, who is the secretary/treasurer of the WFPMA and president of the Federacion Interamericana de Asociaciones de Gesiton Humana was tasked to talk about “Diversity as a Competitive Advantage.” Finally, Mr. Peter Wilson of the Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resources Management talked about “Risk Management from an HR Perspective.”

Inquiries regarding the conference may be directed to Ms. Bernadette Tan of the PMAP secretariat at telephone number 726-1532 or via email at

Insider Secrets to a Google Friendly Website

Undoubtedly, Google  is one of the most popular online destinations and the leading search engine in the web today. With hosts and hosts of companies and groups vying for the number 1 spot in the search results in Google, what do you do to rise over your competition?

This and more was discussed in the one-time “Insider Secrets to a Google Friendly Website,” organized by Powermax Consulting Group Inc. last April 29 and 30 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Galleria.

Former Google Optimization Specialist and international marketing expert Mr. Simon Leung was the featured speaker of the event, who shared with the participants of the conference some valuable information to make your website stand out among the pool of competitors.

Other topics discussed were the top priorities of Google for the year 2010, the mistakes to avoid and the things to include in your website to make it stand out, integrating social media and setting up outbound and navigational links in your site, and essential content pages and the critical quality criteria that are often missed out by the companies in the process of developing their websites.

A bonus topic, the debunking of Google Adword Myths, was also discussed in the event.

Together with Powermax Consulting, event partners the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inquirer Job Market, UK Derm Pharma, and Porter and Miles Inc.

Interest parties may contact telephone numbers. 470-1054 to 55, 470-1057, 470-1342, or 706-0514 (look for Leni), or mobile number 0905-3364486. You may also send an email to

Manila Hosts ASEAN Cultural Festival

The Philippines, declared as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)  as its Cultural Capital for 2010 and 2011, hosted the fourth installment of the ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture and Arts and the Sixth Senior Officials Meeting for Culture and Arts (SOMCA) last March 22–26 in Clark, Angeles City, Pampanga.

Along with these meetings, the Philippines also hosted the Fourth ASEAN Festival of Arts (AFA), focused on promoting ASEAN’s common identity and cultural diversity, enhancing cultural heritage and tourism, and strengthening ties among ASEAN members.

Carried by its theme “The Best of the ASRAN: From Ancestral Roots to New Artistic Routes of Expression Mobilizing Cultural Diversity for the UN-MDG,” the Fourth AFA highlighted the creativity and also fostered the exchange of ideas of the best artists from ASEAN countires.

The Philippines, in its part, restaged “Baler sa Puso Ko,” an original zarzuela, with libretto by Isagani Cruz and music by Lutgardo Labad.

Also featured in the festival were film showings, workshops, poetry readings, and book launchings at the Nayong Pilipino sa Clark Expo, plus performances from choral groups, dance troupes, drum and bugle corps, Aeta police scholars, lantern bearers, kite flyers, athletes, Kaddang tumblers, Angono papier-mache giants, and hot balloons.
For more details, contact National Commission for Culture and the Arts Public Affairs and Information Office and PIAF Media Director at 527-5529, 09285081057, 09275582656 or email You could also visit their websites at and

7th Non-Life Insurance Summit

The spate of natural disasters occurring in the past years around the globe poses another daunting challenge to the insurance and reinsurance industry. This is why Insurance Philippines in collaboration with the Insurance Institute of the Asia and Pacific and Philippine Insurers and Reinsurers Association, Inc. (PIRA, Inc) presented the 7th Philippine Non-Life Insurance Summit last April 28, 2010 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Makatii City.

With the theme "Risk Managing the Increasing Incidence of Natural Disasters—The Insurance/Reinsurance Challenge," the event will feature discussions on topics which include the Economic Challenges for the New President, the State of the General Insurance Industry, and other wide range issues governing the insurance industry.

Speakers on the said summit include: Dr. Benjamin Diokno from the University of the Philippines, Mr. Michael Rellosa from PIRA, Inc., Mr. John D. Casey, President and CEO of Blue Cross Insurance Inc., and Dr. Karlo L. Queano of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, among others.

The successful summit was supported by the Insurance Commission, Philippine Insurer’s Club, AIBP, and the Business Mirror.

For information, contact Philippine Insurers and Reinsurers Association, Inc. at (632)815-10-64, 811-45-87, 811-46-29 or e-mail

Retrospective Forum of Subic-Clark Corridor Milestones & Prospects

The Subic-Clark Alliance for Development Council (SCADC)  staged the Retrospective Forum of Subic-Clark Corridor Milestones & Prospects last April 30 at the Grand Ballroom of Holiday Inn at Clark Freeport Zone with former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the guest of honor.

The welcome remarks was deliver by the Chairman of the Clark Development Corporation Mr. Rizalino S. Navarro. Among the attendees in the said forum were: Atty. Edgardo Pamintuan, former Secretary and Chairman of SCADC; Mr. Dennis L. Wright, President/CEO of Peregrine-Global Gateway Logistics City (GGLC); former Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Jesli Lapuz; Mr. Narciso Abaya of Bases Conversion and Development Authority; Mr. Armand Arreza from the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority; Mr. Simon Morley of Clark Investors & Locators Association; and Mr. Zoilo Andin of Northrail.

The event was made possible in partnership with Global Gateway Logistics City, Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation, Holiday Inn, fastrack, Sun Cellular, DIMERCO, Cargo Data Exchange Center Inc., the Department of Trade and Industry, Northrail, InterCommerce, BCDA, and the Business World.

For more info, contact Subic Clark Alliance for Development Council at (6345) 599 7499 or 499 0992.

RP Hosts Environment Meeting on Ozone Layer

The Republic of the Philippines, through the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, hosted the 2010 Southeast Asia and the Pacific (SEAP) Network Meeting of Ozone-Depleting Substance Officers at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City.

Held last April 26–29, the event saw to the attendance of at least 30 participants from 12 different countries, who discussed important policies, strategies, and action plans to enable countries to comply with obligations under the Montreal Protocol. Also included in the topics discussed in the four-day meeting were the sustainability of the phase out of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC), the hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) phase out management plans, issues on ODS banks, and climate benefits of ODS projects, among others.

The Montreal Protocol on Substances the Deplete the Ozone Layer is an environmental agreement among 196 countries, where members have committed to reduce and eventually eliminate their production of ozone depleting substances (ODS) such as CFC and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC), which are used as cooling agents and refrigerants.

Considered as the most successful international agreement to date, as it is the only one ratified by all 196 countries around the world, the Montreal Protocol was responsible for the 100% phase out of CFC production and consumption. The Protocol also has resulted to the avoidance of an equivalent to 135 billion gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalents between 1990 and 2010.

Participants included ODS officers from Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singrapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.

The regional network was organized by the United Nations Environment Program under its Compliance Assistance for the Montreal Protocol, which conducts biannual meetings to facilitate the exchange of information among ODS officers, implementing agencies, and resource personnel.

Making Waves at the Olango Challenge: One Worthwhile Plunge

Now on its third year, the first open water marathon swimming in the country, dubbed the Olango Challenge, kicked off last April 24 at the Tambuli Beach Club, Lapu-Lapu City.

For the past two years, the Olango Challenge has drawn over a hundred professional and amateur swimmers, highlighting the importance of having clean marine environments and the promotion of swimming as a sport. The proceeds of these past competitions were used for the construction of classrooms at the Candagsao Elementary School in Olango, turned over to the school only last March 11.

This year’s event, which also served as a fund-raising activity, targeted to raise at least Php1.2 million on its third run and shoulder some livelihood and government projects in Olango Island. Attracting swimmers from all over the country and even the United States and Japan, the Olango Challenge was organized by the Philippines Business for Social Progress (PBSP) in the Visayas and the Philippine Aquatic Sports Association.

Among the major sponsors of the Olango Challenge included Milo and the Department of Tourism. Pilipinas Shell, Aboitiz Foundation, and Timex were also sponsors for whole-day swimming challenge. (For a complete list of sponsors, please view

This year, cash prizes of Php3000–Php10000 were put up for grabs for four different categories: 5K competitive, 2.5K competitive, 1.5 competitive, and 5K Fun Swim. The complete list of winners is as follows:

1.5K Competitive Male Category
1st – Rey Suerte (30:44:56), Team Imperial Palace
2nd – Alexander Echavez (30:59:91), University of San Carlos
3rd – Philomer Rubio (35:07:99), Team Imperial Palace

1.5K Competitive Female Category
1st – Alali Ada Villocino (42:25:90), Team Ihk
2nd – Mary Grace Ventic (1:06:52:79), Unattached

2.5K Competitive Male Category
1st – Jason Ong (38:14:80), Team Imperial Palace
2nd – Marcial Hermoso (44:26:69), Team Imperial Palace
3rd – Charles Fletcher (45:21:33), Curl-Burke Masters

2.5K Competitive Female Category
1st – Lorhiz Echaves (37:58:94), University of San Carlos
2nd – Frijie Laude (49:21:85), Team Shangri-la

5K Competitive Male Category
1st – Nikita Dacera (56:21:46), Dadiangastorpedoes Swim Club
2nd – Kiefer Ticao (56:56:06), PCEAS
3rd – Noel Caneda (:08:05:09), Cebu Blue Marlin Swim Club

5K Competitive Female Category
1st – Erika Lukang (1:04:38:46), PCEAS
2nd – Loren Dale Echavez (1:05:20:72), University of San Carlos
3rd – Paul Abigail Vega (1:08:11:85), Cebu Blue Marlin Swim Club

5K Fun Male Category
1st – Franz Baguio (1:09:51:14), Unattached
2nd – Rico Enriquez (1:10:34:48), Team Imperial Palace
3rd – Yoshimitsu Tadauchi (1:13:36), Unattached

Please visit for a post-event coverage of the Olango Challenge, or contact Ms. Riva Valles at (032) 232-5270 or (032) 232-5283. You may also send an email to

Strengthening the Brotherhood in the 94th ANCOM

One of the most popular, if not the premier organizations, in the Philippines, and perhaps the whole world, is the Grand Masonic Lodge. With members all across the globe, it is undeniable that the Masons are among the most influential movers in the world today.

To celebrate their special brotherhood and inspire change, the 94th Annual Communication (ANCOM) of Masons in the Philippines was held last April 22–24 with the theme “Together, Brethren, We Will Make the Difference.”

The Grand Masonic Lodge of the Philippines gathered over 5,000 delegates from all over the world, including Canada, China, Ecuador, Japan, and the United States, in one venue – The SMX Convention Center in Pasay City – as they conducted seminars in Lodge Management, elocution contests, and the Annual Convention of Past Guild Masters. Other activities scattered across the three-day event were the presentation of reports from different committees and Masonic organizations and the election and installation of new officers.

Keynote speaker Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Jose Melo graced the event on April 22. Along with Mr. Melo, other distinguished members of the Grand Masonic Lodge were also present, including Masonic District NCR-A VW Arnel M. Ofendo (who also hosted the event), District Deputy Grand Master of ANCOM 2010, and Outgoing Grand Master of This Grand Jurisdiction MW Peter U. Lim Lo Suy.

Highlights of the affair included the Grand Oration by VW Simeon Datumanong, the approval of the Proceedings of the 93rd ANCOM held the past year in Cagayan de Oro City, the Grand Masters’ Night, and the Tribute to the Grand Masters and Installation Gala.

For more details, kindly contact VW Arnel Ofendo Reyes at (+63) 918-9129098.

The North Face 100 1st Asian Marathon in the country

The coolest place in the Philppines witnessed Asia's 1st Trail Running Ultra Marathon series to Baguio-Benguet presented by as The North Face 100. The 22K start at Lake Drive Burnham Park and the 11K start at Camp John Hay Old Gate (Fronting Nevada Square) in April 25 2010.

On its third year, The North Face 100 continues to test the endurance of elite athletes and challenge aspiring individuals to define their personal limits in the gnarly paths, knife ridges, and treachearous mountain trails amidst the cool breeze and pine scent of the Philppines' summer capital.

Experienced trail runners, mountain climbers, outdoor enthusiasts and those craving for the active lifestyle enjoyed the event as The North Face100 traverses unexplored trails of Camp John Hay, the PMA grounds, Mt.Sto.Tomas and Tuba with a fitting finish in the iconic Burnham Park.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Reforming the Face of Employment

“This is a pivotal year to unleash reforms in order to create a more business-friendly environment,” said Mr. Edgardo Lacson, president of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), who organized the 31st National Conference of Employers (NCE31) last April 20 and 21 at the Manila Hotel.

Driven by their theme “Unleashing Reforms: Business, Jobs, and Governance,” NCE31 has three plenary sessions and two keynote addresses, which discussed the following: Reforms in labor market policies, reforms in governance towards economic recovery, reforms in labor justice administration, reforms to stimulate business for growth and productivity, and human rights as a vehicle for industrial peace.

Mr. Alfonos G. Siy, chairman of the NCE31, said that the “…overarching idea (of the conference) is to emphasize the reforms needed in the bold areas of labor market policy regime and labor administration.”

Keynote speaker for the vent was (then) President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who also delivered the closing remarks and presidential address.

The two-day conference was participated in and sponsored by Megaworld, BDO, SM Investments Corporation, Pilipinas Shell, Metrobank, Philexport, the Social Security System, PAG-IBIG Fund, the International Labor Organization, Toyota, Oishi, Mercedes Benz, PAGCOR, Doña Maria Rice, PLDT SME Nation, and BA Securities Inc.

Media partners for the event were Business World, the Manila Bulletin, and the Philippine Daily inquirer.

For more information and registration details, please call Ms. Lani Rivera at telephone numbers 890-6512, 890-4845 and 47, or 899-0411 local 112. You may also send an email to or visit the ECOP website

1st Lapus Chess fest slated

The National Chess Academy (NCA), in cooperation with the Department of Education and sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines launched the 1st Secretary Jesli Lapus Cup National Students age group chess championship.

The event is consist of four legs including the National Capital Region, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao which was slated last April 19 to 21, and still ongoing, at the Pasay City Sports Complex.

The age group is open to all school-ID bearing students and is divided into 2 divisions—the boys and the girls division. Each category is composed of three events: Under 12, Under 16, and Under 20.

NCA is a privately run chess skills training and development institution. This year’s objective of the tournament is for the NCA to contribute to the chess activities, which the Department of Education mandated to introduce and propagate in all private and public schools in the country.

The champion will receive P3, 000.00 cash plus trophy and gold medal, while the second and third placers will receive P2, 000.00 and 1,000.00 plus medals.

For inquiries, contact FA Ricky Navalta at 0920-9231150 or 893-8501.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Padyak Pinoy 2010 featured LTDF

Le Tour de Filipinas (LTDF) featured cycling clubs from Europe, Asia, and Australia last April 17 to 20. The Tour kicked off with a 145-kilometer lung-buster in Tagaytay City, and the Stage 2 was a 60-km leg ending at Roxas Boulevard, followed by a 135-km Quezon City-Subic stage. The four-day event was capped by a 140-km Subic to Subic run.

Dynamic Outsource Solutions Inc. (Dos-1) Padyak Pinoy, the event’s organizer, noted that the foreign entries were from Europe’s Bordeaux (France), Power Move (Switzerland), AC Spart Pharma (Czech Republic), Arbo KTM Junkers (Germany) and CTK (Switzerland).

Dos-1 president and Padyak Pinoy chairman Edgardo Cayton noted that special guests from Australia’s Prime State and Medscheme/CPI of South Africa were invited to witness the exciting event.

The tour is proudly presented by Tanduay, Smart Communications Inc., and Air21. Moreover, LTDF is a part of the Union Cycling International (UCI), the Asia Tour calendar of the sport’s world governing body.

The UCI granted Dos-1/Padyak Pinoy the license to stage the international race, which is the first for the country since the foreign-flavored Marlboro Tour in 1999.

For more info, contact Dynamic Outsource Solutions Inc at (632) 793-2175, 793-2187, (+63927) 280-5671, (+63917) 862-3930, (+63920) 912-0512, (+63917) 826-7261, email or visit

Monday, April 26, 2010

Dance Xchange 2010 Emphasized Philippines’ Commitment to World Dance Community

In the hopes of creating conditions for dialogue and cooperation within the world dance community, the National Committee on Dance of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) again spearheaded the Philippine celebration of International Dance Day through Dance Xchange: The 2nd Philippine International Dance Workshop and Festival held last April 15 – 19, 2010 at Roxas City, Capiz.

Organized by the NCCA - National Committee on Dance, headed by Ms. Shirley Halili-Cruz, Dance Xchange aims to strengthen international dance network, showcase the unique dances of each country to facilitate cultural understanding, provide venue for interaction and facilitate learning among dancers, directors, dance teachers, and choreographers; encourage the creation of new works, and provide a platform for local and foreign choreographers and dancers to stage their works.

This year’s theme is “Cultural Connectivity through Dance”. The 2nd Dance Xchange lived up to its promise as a bigger network of top Philippine dance companies and international dance companies from Japan, Korea, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, England, and U.S.A. participated in the said event compared to last year.

The event also coincided with the celebration of the 109th Foundation Day of Capiz and the 62nd death anniversary of President Manuel Acuña Roxas.

The International Theater Institute (ITI) Dance Committee Chairman Neville Shulman, Conseil International de la Danse President, Prof. Alkis Raftis, and International Council of Folkloric Festival and Traditional Arts Organizations President Dr. Udomsak Sakmunwong were invited to talk about the global concerns on dance.

Dance Xchange: The 2nd Philippine International Dance Workshop and Festival is endorsed by the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Technical and Educational Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

For more information about the event, contact the NCCA-Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) at (632) 527-5529, 527-2192 loc. 508, 612 to 615, email at, or Ms. Shirley Halili-Cruz at (63917)529-694, or email Visit the NCCA website at

Sunday, April 25, 2010

SWAC scholarships launched

The of IL institute provided a fast track getaway for the Filipino Dream of earning while learning abroad with partners in five countries which include the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia and 21 colleges.

It was launched last April 16-18 at the Podium, April 18 at Cebu Ayala Mall, Baguio University of Cordilleras Auditorium last April 20, and Davao Gaisano Mall on April 27.

StudyWork-Abroad.Com’s vision is to provide global education that is affordable. Morever, they are providing P10-M worth of international scholarships in the SWAC Expo this month. Interested parties can inquire directly with representatives from top partner colleges on how they can avail of these scholarship opportunities in four key cities.

Affiliated universities and colleges overseas include: Kings International College in Australia, Durham College in Canada, Wintec, Waikato Institute of Technology in New Zealand, South London College in United Kingdom, and DeVry University in the USA.

For further information regarding the scholarship opportunities, visit or contact SWAC through 0922-8170639.

1st NatGeo Earth Day Run

The National Geographic Channel fires off their first Earth Day run last April 18 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds in Pasay City. The event participated by around 5,000 runners including professionals, students, athletes, and celebrities.

Carrying the theme, “Inspiring the people to care about the planet”, the benefit run held events on 3k, 5k, and 10k including weekend runners and health buffs competing in the 5k run

The successful event was sponsored by PLDT My DSL, Schick, Western Union, Prudential Guarantee, Timex, Manila Water, Nike, and Multi Sports. Moreover, the said event is also for the benefit of the Design Against the Element (DATE), a global architectural design contest which aims to provide a solution to the problems on climate change. DATE was selected as their beneficiary because of its significant projects towards addressing the effects of climate change.

Aside from online registration on their websites, selected Nike and Timex outlets also participated in the registration.

WOFEX Visayas, HoReCaX 2010 Collaborated for a Timely Show

World Food Expo (WOFEX) Visayas, and Hotel, Restaurant, and Catering Expo (HoReCaX) timely collaborated for the 4th Food Processing, Packaging, and Foodservice Expo 2010 as they went hand-in-hand last April 15 to 18 in serving and educating visitors and tourists who went to witness the four-day event at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC), Mandaue City.

WOFEX Visayas and HoReCax 2010 exhibited free seminars and demos that generated topics not only about culinary but also about the “how-to’s” of setting up a business and other nonfood-related ones.

Inside the seminar rooms, some of the topics which were talked about were European Bread Baking, Chinese and Dimsum Cooking, Food Business Planning, Beverage Recipes and Costing for Coffee Shops by Equilibrium Intertrade, and Meat Processing Mr. Niño Tello Lazo. On the other hand, European Cuisines and How to Achieve Sumptuous Dish Thru Plating and Presentation by Chef Evan Charles M. Basco, Quick Cooking for Catering by Technolux, and Bartending Activity were the few topics presented on on-stage demos.

Since Cebu has a robust tourism, with its increasing number of direct international flights, increasing tourist arrivals, Cebu has grown over the rest of Visayas. Through HoReCaX integration to WOFEX Visayas that prompted for more food services and manufacturing requirements, this growth had been accommodated.

“WOFEX Visayas and HoReCaX 2010” is a project of Premier Events Plus Group, Inc. (PEPGroup) and is sponsored by Molina Sunbest, Cosmic, Vesmach, JIMAC, The Orchid Cebu , Business Mirror, Manila Bulletin, Davao apm TV, SunStar , Mindanao Times, Daily Bulletin, Daily Express, Aksyon Radyo Cebu, Tatak RMN (Radio Mo Nationwide), rctv36, Mindanao Insider, Killer Bee, and NU 107 Cebu (Home of NU Rock).

For more inquiries, contact PREMIER EVENTS PLUS GROUP, INC. at 9297993, 9297963, 4364209, 4269603 or email at You can also visit their website at, their blogsite at or their multiply account at

Daily Conex 2010 at Cebu Convention Center

The Dairy Confederation of the Philippines (382-7469; 926-3840, 0917-8323004, 0917-8323006, in cooperation with Premier Events Plus Group Inc. (929-7963/93, 426-9603, 920-8136, presented the Dairy Congress & Expo 2010 last April 16 to 17 at the Cebu International Convention Center.

With the theme, “Sa Dairy ang Kita ay Daily”, the congress aims to cover issues and discussed a wide-range of topics in the Dairy industry including: “Quality Herd Build-Up and Genetics Improvement” which covers Dairy Cattle, Dairy Carabao, Dairy Goat; “Pasture Development, Nutrition, Milk, Collection & QC, and Product Development” that focuses on Pasture Development and Nutrition, Milking, Collection, and Quality Control, Processing Plant operation and Management; “Marketing Dairy Entrepreneur, Dairying—a Career and Profession?” which gives a brief explanation about Marketing, The Dairy Entrepreneur, and Darrying: A Career and Profession.

Moreover, the congress also features stories about Financing, Grants and Assistance, and the DairyCon General Assembly.

The event’s success will not be completed without the help of its major sponsors: The Philippine Carabao Center; the Manila Bulletin; the Business Mirror; RMN Radio; the Department of Agriculture; the FREEMAN; and other media partners.

3rd Siargao Gamefishing Tournament in Siargao Island Held

At least 41 anglers worldwide– 18 of them Filipinos challenged the seas of Siargao Island for the big catch during a five-day 3rd Siargao Gamefishing Tournament 2010 held last April 14 - 18, 2010 at Pilar, Siargao Island in Surigao del Sur.

Participating anglers came from Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States of America and the host country, Philippines. These anglers challenged the seas of Siargao for the big catch with prizes ranging from P30,000.00 to P50,000.00 cash under the five contest categories.

Department of Tourism Undersecretary for Sports and Wellness Cynthia Carreon graced the event along wit DOT CARAGA Regional Director Leticia Tan.

The 3rd Siargao Gamefishing Tournament is sponsored by San Miguel Corporation and Cebu Pacific Air and supported by and First District of Surigao del Norte, headed by Rep. Francisco T. Matugas, local government of Pilar, Siargao Island, headed by Pilar Mayor Lucio T. Gonzales, and the Department of Tourism.

For information on how to be a part of the event, contact Atty. Gordon Uy of GoodCatch Fishing Tackle at (632)303-8677 or Ms. Zeny Pallugna, event organizer, at (63929) 6721508, email Interested parties can check the Tournament website at

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Alternative Media Convergence in Pinoy Blogfest_1.0

The Filipinos are one of the most internet savvy people in the world. According to a McCann Erickson study in 2008, 90% of the Filipinos read and/or have blogs, second only to the 92% of Koreans who do the same. Also in the same study, it was discovered that the Filipinos are the top “uploaders” of photos and watchers of online videos.

With this information in mind, Gadgets Magazine organized the Pinoy Blogfest_1.0, with the theme “Opportunity and Responsibility” last April 17 at the Richmonde Hotel in Ortigas Center.]

Of main concern were the practice of journalistic ethics in blogging, making money through your web presence, and blog copyrights. In particular, the keynote speech discussed the ethical and social responsibilities of the new media.

Speakers for the morning sessions were Gadgets Magazine’s Publisher and CEO Ms. Maribelle Alba, media personality Ira Panganiban, Yugatech’s Mr. Abe Olandres, and Yvonne Chua from Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), who discussed optimizing the economic potentials of a personal blog, networking opportunities, and crafting a code of ethics for bloggers.

The afternoon breakout sessions, meanwhile, included topics on technology trends, photography, digital living, mobile networking and gaming, health and fitness, and food and travel.

Supporting Gadgets Magazine in this event were media partners Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, Jam 88.3, Wave 89.1; Magic 89.9, 99.5 RT, 103. 5 Max FM, NU 107 FM, and Click the City. Event sponsors were Coca Cola, Toshiba, Canon, and TCL.

Please call telephone number (02) 332-4005 for more information or send an email to

Science educators concluded 6th National Convention

The 6th National Convention of the Association of Science Teachers and Educators of the Philippines Inc. (ASTEP) was concluded last April 15-17 at the Capuchin Retreat House in Lipa City, Batangas.

With the theme, “Articulating Standards in Testing and Evaluation of performance”, the convention aims to enrich understanding of the UBD focusing on the evidence of learning/assessment aligned with the desired results and outcome. Moreover, it also aims to relate science teaching to the culture and tradition of a community.

The convention, on the other hand, also includes a one and a half days of seminar workshop and one and a day educational tour to provide the participants with a hands-on experience. It was also participated by a large number of Science school teachers and educators, and some selected Science students from the different provinces in the country.

President Elma Pedregosa of ASTEP was in-charge of the participants and program (0905-294-3727,,

Alternative power source foreseen

A half-day conference on Averting power shortage: Alternative Solution was held last April 15 at the Function Rooms 1-4, G/F AIM Conference Center, Makati City conducted by the Center for Philippine Futuristics Studies and Management Inc. (or Futuristics Center) and Coca Cola Export Corporation.

Private Industry sources and government officials agree the national demand for power will exceed the supply as the world recovers from last years recession. Indeed the whole country is suffering from this crisis.

Mr. Urbano Mendiola Jr., OIC, Corporate Services, National Power Corporation Mendiola is the main presentor in the said conference. He discussed the cause and extent of the power crisis, the Arroyo administration’s power policy, the sources of alternative energy, and the cost of the alternative solutions.

Among the panel reactors were: Olegario Serafico from Renewable Energy Association of the Philippines; Director Jesus Tamang of the Department of Energy; and Yong-ping Zhai of ADB Philippines.

For more information, call Beng Santos at telephone number 7535350 or email us at

Friday, April 23, 2010

PSIS Security Expo 2010

The Philippine Society for Industrial Security (PSIS) presents the PSIS International Security Expo and Convention last April 15 and 16 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.

PSIS International Security Expo & Conference is one of the largest exhibition for security industry in Philippines. The event offered the imparting knowledge and expertise for the training and development of security practitioners through a highly motivated team of competent and empowered professionals.

Philippine Society for Industrial Security, Inc., moreover, is the Philippines’ largest organization of security professionals and the leading catalyst in imparting knowledge and expertise for the training and development of security practitioners through a highly motivated team.

With the theme, Achieving Global Excellence in Security Management, the expo was participated by them embers of Philippine Society for Industrial Security Inc who are management specialists who formulate security policies and programs for banks, aerospace facilities, communication networks, hotels, educational institutions, hospitals, shopping malls, domestic and foreign corporations.

The event will not be a complete success without the help of it’s sponsors, Magic 89.9,, Business World, GRAPHIC Magazine, Business Mirror, Security Matters, and Electronic Security Systems Corporation.

For more information, contact Ex-Link Management and Marketing Services Corp. at (632) 643-3887, 643-7760, 640-1280, email or visit the conference website at

Supply Link 2010 Annual Conference and Exhibit

The Philippines Institute for Supply Management (PISM) has recently concluded Supply Link 2010 last April 15 and 16 at the Crowne Plaza, Pasig City, with the theme “Break Through Borders! Conquer New Heights!”

Supply Link 2010 is powered by PISM’s continuing pursuit for excellence and empowering the supply chain management profession in Asia. The technical sessions were carefully planned to ensure that relevant topics for both local and global realities were discussed, including the challenges currently facing supply chain professionals.

Among the subjects of the plenary sessions were strategic collaborations, the road map for supply chain management for the year, procurement competency, and integrated warehouse solutions. Topics about logistics operations and customer service as well as in leading edge technologies in supply management were also included in the different plenary sessions.

Supply Link 2010 was also geared toward maximizing the interface, networking, and industry knowledge base, as well as leveraging collective knowledge and skills of local and global peers in the supply chain profession, encouraging their membership and organization to move and achieve that common goal.

The PISM Supply Link 2010 was made possible with the help of media partner, the Business World

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Leaping Forth to the Future of Management Education

The Council of Management Educators and Practitioners in the Philippines (COMEPP) recently concluded its 20th National Conference last April 15 and 16 at the Summit Ridge Hotel, Tagaytay City.

The theme for this year’s conference was “Future Waves in Management Education: A Leap Forward.” Featuring trends, practices, innovations, and challenges to management education, the two-day event was participated in by industry leaders, educators, practitioners, and school administrators.

Invited speakers were Dr. Nilo Rosas of the Professional Regulatory Commission; Mr. Nelson Celis, CEO of ECI Group of Companies; Pushkar Mishra, president and CEO of Hinduja TMT Ltd.; Mr. Reynaldo Lugtu, country manager of IBM Philippines; and Ms. Miriam C. Basa of Essilor Manufacturing Philippines, Inc., who discussed supply chain management, financial management, innovative development, and other related sub-topics.

Graduating students and graduate school enrollees of related courses were encouraged to join and participate in the conference in order to familiarize themselves with the developments in the management field.

To parties who may need further information, you may contact the COMEPP secretariat at telephone numbers 961-5497, 961-7755 local 136, or mobile number 0922-8802307, and look for Prof. Dennis Camatog.

UE and IPCAP Unite in Serving Humanity Through Counseling

The Integrated Professional Counselors Association of the Philippines (IPCAP) Inc. held its second National Convention last April 14–16, carried by the theme “Serving Humanity through the Counseling Profession.”

Held in partnership with the University of the East, the convention aimed to highlight the multiple roles of guidance counselors and strengthen their competencies and skills, uphold ethical and legal responsibilities and accountabilities, and encourage appreciation of the ever-changing roles of guidance counselors.

Gawad Kalinga Executive Director Tony Meloto served as the keynote speaker of the event and lead the roster of other distinguished speakers in the three-day event of workshops, plenary sessions, and the IPCAP general membership meeting.

IPCAP membership is exclusive to registered (licensed) guidance counselors (RGCs). The convention was also opened to non-RGCs for professional updating.

Please contact the any of the following persons for pre-registration, inquiries, and other relevant details: Dr. Julian Montano ( or 0917-5026992); Fr. Bernardo R. Collera, SVD ( or 0919-6236605); Cesar S. Cong ( or 0917-6078427); or UE Manila Guidance and Counseling Director Nila V. Urrea (, (02) 735-8537, or 0916-3212579).

Protect 2010 Forum on focus to Business vs. Threat Reduction Concerns

Last April 15 to 16, Protect 2010 settled a conference at New World Hotel, Makati City with the theme “Disaster Risk Reduction Forum on Doing Business Amidst New Threats”.

This conference included five major sessions that respectively discussed Threats from Man-Made Disasters, Overcoming Major Threats in Doing Business, Reducing Threats – Preventing Crisis, Business Considerations, and the Latest Developments in Providing Security.

Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza officially opened the council as he delivered his keynote speech which emphasized the continuing partnership between the public and private sectors to prevent, respond, rescue, and recover for terrorism and natural disasters.

Protect 2010, which was co-organized by the Anti-Terrorism Council and Leverage International (Consultants) Inc. with Undersecretary Ricardo R. Blancaflor as the spokersperson, was attended by various representatives from different bureaus and departments inside and outside the country to also deliver sub-topics from each conference’s session.

The group of speakers with their respective sub-topics included (by Session):

Session 1
- Assistant Secretary Victoria S. Bataclan of the Office of ASEAN Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on the ASEAN Disaster Response Agreement
- Dr. Rohan Gunaranta, Head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Singapore on the Current and Emerging Terrorist Threat
- Mr. Joseph C.F. Lufkin, Managing Director of INEX Infrastructure Exchange Ltd., and Consultant of the Asian Development Bank on the Climate Change: Business Implications and Impacts
- Dr. Ma. Leonila Bautista, Associate Scientist of the Philippine Institute Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) on the READY Project: Hazards and Mapping Assessment for Effective Community-Based Disaster Risk Management
- Ms. Ma. Lynn P. Melosantos, Senior Scientist of PHIVOLCS on the MMEIRS Project: The Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study

Session 2
- Mr. Michael Ross Controy, President of Condoza Software Solution Corporation on the Disaster Management – Hardware and Software Integration
- Mr. Raymond Koh, Regional Sales Manager of AXIS Communications on the Better Protection with Network Video Surveillance
- Mr. Pete Troilo, Country Manager of the Pacific Strategies Assessments, Serves on the Disaster Preparedness Committee, American Chamber of Commerce on the Analyzing Elections – Related Violence in the Philippines
- Mr. Drexx D. Laggui, Principal Consultant of Laggui & Associates, Inc. on the Securing Information Files
- Mr. Stephen P. Cutler, Director of Business Development Pacific Strategies and Assessments, Former FBI Agent on the Dynamic Protection of Critical Infrastructure
- Dr. Juan Ma. Pablo R. Nañagas, MPH, MNSA, Professor of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, Former Undersecretary of Health for Health Facilities, Standards & Regulations, Former Director of the Philippine General Hospital, of past service with the National Security Council on the Biological Events
- Mr. Vasu Nair, ASEAN Regional Solutions Consultant of Hitachi Data Systems Pte. Limited on the Data Protection and Data Resilience
- Mr. Enrico E. Rampinelli, Chairman of ZETOS Swiss Forensic Supply on the Document Fraud Protection and Detection
- Mr. Luichi Robles, Country Manager of Symantec Philippines on the Managing Outsourcing Risks
- Mr. Alex Pastrana, Managing Partner of Jorge, Pastrana & Associates on the Incident Command System

Session 3
- Usec. Ricardo R. Blancaflor, Director General of Intellectual Property Office on the Presentation of the Philippine Disaster Management System
- Mr. Restiituto B. Macuto, Director of the Program Management Bureau, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on the DSWD Programs and Services: Safety Nets for Projects in Disaster Risk Management
- Mr. Amel C. Capili, National Representative of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Emergency Services Officer of Asian Development Bank on the Emerging Role of An Emergency Manager
- Ms. Maria A. Ressa, News and Current Affairs Head, Managing Director of ANC ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation on the Best Practices in Crisis Communications
- Dr. Derrick K. Sim, Vice-President of GSK Philippines on the Pandemic Interventions: Protecting the Workforce and Reducing Transmission around the Premises

Session 4
- Mr. German F. Plan, Jr., Senior Vice-President and Head of Broking Operations of Marsh Philippines Risk Advisers and Insurance Brokers on the Impact of Natural Disasters on Insurance
- Mr. Joel L. Tan-Torres, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner on the Tax Implications of National Disasters
- Mr. Efren V. Leaño, Executive Director of the Board of Investments on the Investment Incentives for Projects in Disaster Risk Management

Session 5
- Mr. David Wee, Marketing Manager of the Security Solutions Deparment, SONY Business & Professional Products Asia on the HD Security Solutions
- Mr. Norbert Kiss, Vice-President of ASTARO Asia on the New Way of Looking at Branch Office VPN
- Mr. Raymond Koh, Regional Sales Manager of AXIS Communications on the Best of Network Video

The two-day forum brought the advantages of a partnership between the private and public sectors against cyber-terrorism, disaster risk reduction coordination, updated technologies that are readily implementable when the participants return to their offices, competitive edge in the marketplace for companies with a reputation for resiliency despite a crisis, and compliance with mandates by regulatory agencies and stockholders for corporate good governance.

Protect 2010 Forum about the “Disaster Risk Reduction Forum on Doing Business Amidst New Threats” was sponsored by Axis Communications, SONY,, Bio Red Guide, ANC, BusinessWorld, Malaya Business Insight, BusinessMirror, and Management Systems.

For further information about the council, do contact the Secretariat tel. no. 818-6828, fax no. 810-1594, and/or e-mail at

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Tagaytay and Palawan Heavily Favored in 2010 Inter-Province Chess Tilt

The 2010 Inter-Provincial Chess Team Championships challenged the country’s top chess teams to prove their worth last April 10–15 at the Cabagnot Cultural and Training Center in Old Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan.

Led by Grandmaster Darwin Laylo, the Tagaytay Team went head to head with over 30 other teams, including the Palawan Team, helmed by GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr.

Other respected names in the roster of players are GM John Paul Gomez of LWUA-A, DAR-Lanao del Sur’s Fide Master Roderick Nava, Makati City’s own FM David Elorta, Alcon John Datu of LWUA-B, FM Emmanuel Senador of Laguna, Bicol’s National Master Edmundo Gatus, NM Cesar Mariano of Iloilo, NM Rolando Andador of Bacolod, La Paz-Iloilo NM Rodrigo Atotubo, NM Francis Jocson of Capiz, NM Levi Mercado from Misamis Oriental, Boracay A’s International Master Ildefonso Datu, NM Alfred Akaling of Aklan Junior, and IM Oliver Barbosa from Rizal.

Governor Carlito S. Marquez of Aklan and National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) president Mr. Prospero “Butch” Pichay led the opening ceremonies of the tournament.

NCFP Secretary General and Tagaytay Mayor Bambol Tolentino enumerated the rules, and reiterated that each team is allowed to field four regular players and one alternate, with only one titled player (GM, IM, FM, or NM) in the roster.

The nine-round Swiss system tourney used the match point system with a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment to finish the game.

Trophies and cash prizes were given to the winner, with the champion bagging P100,000 plus trophy and gold medals. The runner-up received P70,000 plus trophy and silver medals, the third placer got P50,000 plus trophy and bronze medals, and the fourth placer and the fifth placer received P30,000 and P20,000, respectively..

Trophies and cash prizes were also awarded to the sixth to tenth placers as follows: P10,000 (6th); P9,000 (7th); P8,000 (8th); P7,000 (9th); and P6,000 (10th). Medals and a cash gift of P2,000 were also be given to the top individual performers from boards one to five.

For a list of the tournament rules, please visit Results are available at

Please call the NCFP Office at telephone number 381-7224 or the NCFP Executive and Events Director Willie Abalos at 09285513089, 09292390644, or 09292266210 for inquiries. You may also contact the Aklan Provincial Sports Coordinator Wilfredo Neri at mobile number 09205636732, Ilann Perez at 09053269576, or Patrick Lee at 09277209260.

MTG Networking and NVO Alliance conference in the Philippines

The Multimodal Transport Group (MTG) conducted the 9th MTG Business Center Annual Conference and the 3rd NVO Alliance last March 8-12 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Manila, a unique luxury hotel in Manila with a resort setting next to the largest convention center and close to theaters, museums, government offices and the Mall of Asia —carrying the theme “We’re hear to deliver…Globsal networking spirit.”

The event provides a unique opportunity for pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings, team building activities (Laser Gun game) and a unique opportunity to showcase members' services as well as meeting new and existing fellow MTG members.

MTG is a major logistics network made up of more than 400 representative offices in 102 countries. NVO Alliance President Jose Yap is the overall facilitator of the conference in its first two days. Morever, the participants have heard inspirational talks from different speakers from different countries in the freight forwarding industry. Meanwhile, the remaining three days wear facilitated by the MTG Network.

For more info, email

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Netizen Icons and Experts to Grace 3rd Social Networking Conference 2010

Digital Marketing think tanks, media personalities, social media experts and netizen icons will share their expertise during the 3rd Social Networking Conference 2010 scheduled on April 22-23, 2010 at the Grand Ballroom of Hotel Intercontinental in Makati City.

The Social Networking Conference 2010, presented by Fiera de Manila, Inc., and DigitalFilipino Club is an event geared towards companies and digital marketing/advertising professionals and businessmen/entrepreneurs who are interested to use social networks for advertising/marketing their products and services. It is for dynamic and innovative companies, start-ups, and upcoming players who would like to leverage on current technologies to communicate and sell their products/services through social networks; and, gain knowledge as to how this industry is working and evolving.

Experts who will share their time and knowledge with participants include:
  • Maria A. Ressa, Senior Vice-President, ABS-CBN News & Current Affairs and Managing Director, ANC
  • Paul Papadimitriou, Digital Intelligence Strategist, Driving Left, Limassol and Tokyo
  • Paul John M. Peña, Head - Digital Marketing, Globe Telecom, Inc.
  • Juan Armando V. Rojo, Vice President, Corporate Brand and Communications, Bayan Telecommunications
  • Alex Dan Tacderas, Brand Manager, Kraft Foods
  • Eduardo Mapa Jr., Managing Director, Media Contacts Manila
  • Rosan Cruz, Assistant Vice President of Group Public Relations, BENPRES Holdings Corporation
  • Joey Alarilla, Social Media Editor, Yahoo! Southeast Asia
  • Jim Ayson, Senior Product Manager, VAS & DATA Services/WCD, SMART Communications Inc.
  • Janette Toral, Founder, DigitalFilipino
  • Racquel Cagurangan, General Manager,
  • Nick B. Fontanilla, Ph.D., President, The Asia-Pacific Centre for Research, Inc. and President, Philippine Marketing Association (PMA)
  • Leah Camilla R. Besa-Jimenez, General Manager, Proximity Philippines
  • Brad Geiser, Co-Founder, Geiser Maclang Marketing Communications Inc.
  • Chinie Hidalgo-Diaz, Marketing Director, Teleforce Asia Inc.

Other highlights of the two-day event include technology presentation, case study analysis, and the Social Networking Awards Ceremonies 2010 which honors Filipino excellence in social media and social network marketing and advertising.

The 3rd Social Networking Conference 2010 is sponsored by Yahoo Philippines, Globe Telecom, Inc., Eyeblaster, SMART Communications Inc.,, BusinessWorld, Business Mirror, Studio 23,, Jam 88.3, Wave 891, Magic 89.9, 99.5 RT, and 103.5 Max FM, Filbars International Subscription System Inc, and Blog4Reviews.

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

Pinoy Architects All Set for UAP CONEX 2010

Thousands of Filipino architects will meet to share educational programs, and explore the latest research, as the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) stage its annual Convention and Exhibition (CONEX 2010) on April 22-25, 2010 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Held in conjunction with the 36th UAP National Convention, CONEX 2010 aims to develop an appropriate market setting to enhance sales productivity, open opportunities for public interaction, forge and renew client contacts, generate market presence, launch new products, disseminate information, ascertain client needs, influence client decision-making and close deals.

Today, CONEX 2010 has become the buzzword in the industry and has been generating positive feedback from construction suppliers. By gaining access to firsthand information and the free flow of ideas, event participants become more armed as they get to hone their competitive edge and throw their gates wide open to newer technical innovations.

Living up to its renewed commitment for professionalism, the UAP has envisioned CONEX’s globalization through the implementation of comprehensive marketing solutions to the construction community. Providing excellent opportunities to network and gather market intelligence as well as to sell, CONEX 2010 forms a successful, real-time meeting ground for the construction industry.

For more information, contact the United Architects of the Philippines at (632) 412-6403, 412-6364, fax (632) 372-1796, email or visit the event website at

Manila F.A.M.E. International 2010 Unfolds New Beginning

Re-inventing and transforming, Manila Furnishings and Apparel Manufacturers Exchange (Manila F.A.M.E.) International begins a new chapter in its 27-year history, as it evolves into Asia’s Boutique Show on April 22-25, 2010 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila and Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City.

More than just an exhibition for home and fashion lifestyle products, Manila F.A.M.E. provides its visitors and buyers a unique experience with more than the usual product selections.

This bi-annual trade show, organized by Center For International Trade Expositions And Missions (CITEM), an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, expands into 4 co-located shows featuring Home Living for design-driven furniture and houseware; FashioNation for fashion forward collections of inspired fashion complements, garments, and textile; BIO-Search, a promotion of health and wellness that offers natural personal care and spa products; and ART:MNL, a sampling of Filipino contemporary paintings and sculptures.

Sticking to the show’s tradition of excellence, Manila F.A.M.E. boasts of top-notch craftsmanship with premium quality and design innovations unique to the country. As Asia’s Boutique Show, buyers are given further personalized customer service that is an extension of the world-renowned Filipino warmth and hospitality where both buyers and exhibitors are provided a venue to conduct business and build lasting relationships

In the Philippines, Manila F.A.M.E. International raises the bar for international exhibitions by being the only trade fair accredited by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers. And, as one of the longest-running trade shows for home lifestyle products in the Asia Pacific, it is a favorite sourcing destination of well-known brands such as Neiman Marcus, Jonathan Adler, Armani Casa, Ralph Lauren, Harrods, and Gucci among others.

“Through the years, Manila F.A.M.E. has never failed to give our buyers only the best that the Philippines can offer as we continuously seek new ways, new styles, and new approaches for a seamless buying experience. As we welcome our guests this April, we hope to inspire them with our expanded product offerings under 4 co-located shows: Home Living, FashioNation, BIO-Search, and ART:MNL, as I personally extend this invitation to our buyers and exhibitors alike. Be part of the evolution. See you this April,” said CITEM Deputy Executive Director and Manila F.A.M.E. Over-all Project Director, Thelma Dumpit-Murillo.

In its October 2009 edition, close to 2,000 buyers from Japan, Germany, Australia, France, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States, visited the show where 439 world-class companies exhibited.

“We keep visiting Manila whenever Manila F.A.M.E. International is there because we like the originality; the designs are nice, there are new concepts and the standard is high. We come here for Christmas items and pottery. It is extraordinary all the time here,” enthused a buyer from Belgium.

A first time visitor from India says, “…The handicraft [in the show] is good. The quality and design are nice.”

Likewise, a buyer from Australia had good words for the show saying, “We import from all over the world and the products you have here seem to be of better quality than all the other products we have seen. We are quite impressed with it.”

This April 2010, visitors can likewise look forward to new show components such as Switch, which highlights designers’ crossing over design disciplines to show versatility, Icons, which features forerunners of Philippine design who have made it big internationally as well as daily fashion shows and design competitions.

For more information about the event, contact the Manila F.A.M.E. International Secretariat at (632) 833-1258, 831-2201 Local 240/243 (Home Lifestyle), 831.1265, 8312201 Local 203 / 226 (Fashion Lifestyle) e-mail or visit the event website at

Saturday, April 17, 2010

ProPork ensures Swine Industry Survival

With a theme “Ensuring Survival through Efficiency and Improved Pork Production,” the 19th Hog Convention and Trade Exhibit was staged last April 8 to 10 at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in Davao City.

Hosted by the Davao Hog Farmers Association Inc. and organized annually by the Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines or ProPork (formerly the National Federation of Hog Farmers, Inc.), the said convention educated participants which were consisted of Thousands of commercial and backyard hog raisers from all over the country, with practical and technical information and tips from experts – helping them secure the safety and profitability of their farms.

The gathering which was opened free to the public and was considered a “must-go-to” event, especially for those thinking of setting up their own hog businesses, also hosted the 3rd Backyard Hog Farmers Congress which focused on the needs of the backyard hog raisers so they can improve their operations. And as the biggest and longest-running trade exhibition focusing on the swine industry, seminars on the prevention and eradication of common swine diseases, swine management, and swine genetics were provided.

Despite the various crises that have plagued the swine industry, hog raising remains a very popular and viable enterprise in our country. For more inquiries, you may call 7263644 , 5728163 or email or

Friday, April 16, 2010

PPHA 2010 reckons National Convention to Global Standards

The Philippine Pharmacists Association, Inc. (PPHA) held their 2010 National Convention with their considerably thought on the theme “Raising Pharmacy Practice to Global Standards”. This convention was hosted by the Region VIII Pharmacists Association, Inc. and was held at Leyte Park Hotel, Tacloban City last April 7 to 9, 2010.

This convention was attended by the event’s keynote speaker Mr. Lawrence Brown, Pharm D., Ph. D., Director, University of Tennessee, USA, and Center for Medication Therapy Management. Director General Nazarita Tacandong of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman, President of Asian Conference on Clinical Pharmacy, and Dean of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, Dr. Klara Tisocki, Drug Regulation Consultant of the European Commission, and Dean Ryan Pekson of College of Pharmacy, Adamson University also attended and graced the convention as its plenary speakers.

Four plenary sessions of the event gave enlightenment to the event’s theme that aimed to reach the standards of the global demands. Those were the topics “Raising Pharmacy Education to Global Standards”, “Raising Pharmaceutical Industry Standards”, “Raising Standards of HealthCare Delivery”, and a panel discussion on “Raising Standards of Pharmacy Services”.

For more information, do contact the telefax numbers at 02-7344820 and 02-3130850, or the e-mail address at and

Jobs Galore for Manileños

Powered and organized by, the City of Manila hosted the Manila City Job Fair last April 8 and 9 at the Orosa Atrium, Robinsons Place Manila.

The Manila City Job Fair was especially geared toward fresh graduates and unemployed residents of Manila, but job seekers from other places and nearby municipalities were also enjoined to participate in the event; in addition, pre-registered participants through the JobQuest website were given freebies. was joined by Robinsons Place Manila and the Rotary Club of Las Piñas East District in this endeavor.

For more details regarding the event, you may call telephone numbers 508-9128 to 29. You may also send you inquiries to

Buyers, Enthusiasts Heads to Manila International Auto Show this April

Buyers, collectors, and enthusiasts of vintage cars, custom cars, race cars, and everything else that has motor and runs on wheels will roll out to the World Trade Center in Manila this April 15 – 18, 2010 for the 2010 edition of Manila International Auto Show.

The Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), organized by Worldbex Services International, is an annual venue for car buyers and enthusiasts alike to take a closer look at the latest models and significant concept from the Philippines’ premier auto makers. Manila International Auto Show is the Philippines’ biggest motor show in terms of visitor count, cars on display, and exhibitors.

This year’s theme is “Crossing Boundaries,” with a dual thrust. The first is to highlight the unparalleled capabilities of today’s vehicle as they give better performance and fuel economy. The second is to boost industry sales beyond its previous performance with a well-attended selling event.

The show also aims to foster industry cooperation and provide a stimulus to spur demand for the automotive industry. Together with media, the private sector and government initiatives, MIAS aims to promote the local automotive manufacturing industry and serve as an engine for growth.

Numerous activities have been lined up during the four-day event. Highlights include debut car launches, off-road and on-road test drives, Motorsports clinic, Top Gear exhibit, and a special presentation by precision driving and stunt show icon Mr. Russ Swift and the rest of Russ Swift Precision Driving Services. There will also be the annual MIAS Classical and Custom Car Competition, Car of the Year Awards Exhibition as well as photography contests.

The Manila International Auto Show 2010 is sponsored by Top Gear Magazine (Official Magazine), Philippine Savings Bank (PS Bank) (Auto Loan sponsor), and Tourism Malaysia (Tour Sponor), Red Rock Travel Facilitators (Philippine F1 Tour Provider) and Malaysia Airlines (Official Airline). The event is supported by A-ToyBodyKits, Brightmaster Professional Auto Detailer, Concept One Wheels, Dunlop Tires, DuPont Motorsports, H&R Special Springs, Leder Interia, Motul, Motolite, PPS Technology, Repsol, Rota Wheels, Xenon Bulbs, Yokohama Tires, 10 Inch Lights and Sounds, The Brain Computer Corporation, Formaply Industries, Inc., Forsc Ink Inc., Solar Sports, McDonalds, AeroMed Ambulance Transport, Race Wars Philippines, and the following media partners:,, Business Mirror, Business World, Chequered Flag, China Business Philippines, Filbars International Subscription System, Inc., Car Finder, Inside Racing, Manila Bulletin,, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star,, YoCard, Wave 891, NU 107, and 105.1 Crossover FM.

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

Thursday, April 15, 2010

First Folk Healing Fest in Siquijor

The province of Siquijor hosted the First Folk Healing Festival last April 8 at the Mt.Bandilaan in Cantabon, Siquijor, Siquijor.

The festival is part of the development program for the Bandilaan Mountain Resort which aims boost the island’s tourism industry and counters the negative impressions of Siquijor as an “Islands of Sorcerers.” It showcased alternative and traditional healing methods indigenous to Siquijor including: Pangalap, a gathering of various herbs for seven Fridays during the Lenten Season; Pag-Adlep, it is when the gathered herbs are chopped; the Herbal Preparation or “Cooking” by the Cantabon Healers and Herbalist group; and Folk Healing.

Msgr. Candelario Catubig opened the event with a Holy Mass. Ribbon cutting and blessing of the mountain resort followed after the Mass.

Siquijor Governor Orlando “Shane” Fua Jr. shared in his welcome message the beauty, solitude, and peace prevailing in the province. He also projected the increase in tourist visits because of the added attraction brought about by the Festival and the mountain resort.

Moreover, he also cited the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Army and Reservists’ ole in ensuring peace and order in Siquijor, and the Barangay Tanods’ task of keeping the cleanliness of the island.

Aside from the Festival, attendees were also entertained by local serenaders, a demonstrations of the Zipline Adventure by Tribu Walog Mountaineers Club, and exploring the beautiful sceneries Cantabon Cave.

Aquatech Convention in Bohol

The 2010 Aquatech Aquaculture Convention Philippines was commenced last April 6-8 at Bohol Beach Club, Panglao, Bohol. It features the 1st Aquaculture Technical and Business Development Seminar in conjunction with the 1st Aquaculture Technology Expo.

Keynote Speakers that share expertise and experience include: Rose Mueda from the Institute of Fish Processing Technology of University of the Philippines—Visayas, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences; Albert G. Gaitan, Station Head of Igang Marine Station Technology and Demonstration Division (SEAFDEC); Florencio A. Aparri, Agriculturist from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region VII; Edgardo B. Delfin from the Mariculture Zone Park Regional Coordinator of BFAR-VII; Tiburcio C. Donaire, Chief of Fisheries Extension and Communication Division – BFAR VII; Marion Ruinata, Regional Research and Development Coordinator of BFAR VII; Larson S. Tan, Regional Marketing Coordinator and Chief Training and Communication Section of BFAR VII.

Aside from lectures, the expo also features technical tour at Calape Mariculture Park & Bohol Country Side Tour. Primarily sponsored by B-MEG Aquatic Feeds partners of the events include the Manila Bulletin, MB Agriculture, Business Mirror, Sun star, and Events QUality and Interactive Promotions, Inc. (equip).

PSME holds National Music Education Seminar-Workshop 2010

The Philippine Society for Music Education (PSME) held a National Education Seminar-Workshop last April 6 to 8, 2010. The seminar bore its theme “Enhancing Musical and Pedagogical Skills and Resources for Classroom Teaching” that leveled up educators’ basic when it comes to singing, choral organization, and instruments playing.

The workshop had shared broad range of cross-cultural instructional music materials to teachers and updated them on trends and approaches in classroom music instruction.

The delegates on the seminar-workshop were music, arts, physical education and health (MAPEH) teachers, supervisors, and school administrators from both public and private elementary and secondary schools.

Established in 1971, the Philippine Society for Music Education is dedicated to the advancement of music education. With a membership of hundreds of music teachers, musicians, school music administrators, and students, it seeks to provide directions towards creative and effective music instruction on the pre-school, elementary, and secondary levels. It is committed to raising the level of consciousness on the role of music in the aesthetic development of the Filipino, in the formation, preservation, and transmission of cultural heritage, and in the development of nationhood.

The event was made possible by the efforts of Philippine Society for Music Education (PSME) led by President Leticia G. del Valle together with the organization’s officers and members.

For more information, do visit PSME website at

Friday, April 9, 2010

Iluko Culture renewed in two books launched

GUMIL Filipinas, the national association of Ilocano writers here and abroad, held their three-day annual convention last April 9-11 at the Pangil Beach Resort. Part of the celebration is the launching of two books written by Ilocano writers residing in metro manila.

The national convention, held annually since the organization was formally organized in October 1968, is attended by members from different chapters in Northern Luzon and Metro Manila as well as those from Hawaii and Greece.

The first book is a collection of 240 haiku, the Japanese-inspired form of poetry entitled “”Sarming Ti Kannawidan (Mirror of Culture)”. It was written by Maria Rosa A. Cable, director of GUMIL Filipinas and edited by Honor Blanco Cable, former President of GUMIL Filipinas and News Editor/Producer of NBN Channel 4. Moreover, the introduction was written by Cles B. Rambaud, managing editor of the weekly Iluko magazine Bannawag, and the book design and layout were done by Heracles Lord Bernardo A. Cable.

The second book launched is a compilation of 17 short stories, written by Ilocanos from the Ilocos Region and Cagayan Valley who are now residing in the metropolis. The book is entitled “Batonlagip” (loosely translated Remembrance), and edited by Cable, Engr. Ansel D. Cargo, and Feliciano Martin T. Rochina—all known fictionists of the region.

Included in the compilation of short stories are masterpieces by Sonny F. Abarajano, Jovito F. Amorin, RTC Judge Vivecio S. Baclig, Crispina B. Bragado, Jose A. Bragado, Maria Rosa A. Cable, Leonardo S. Fagaragan, Mark Anthony Ganotice, Juan S.P. Hidalgo Jr, Jake F. Ilac, Linda Lingbaoan-Bulong, Vicente Palcong, Ariel S. Tabag, and Aida C, Tiama.