Monday, May 31, 2010

Philippine Bonsai Festival

Miniature trees were the stars of the show at the Philippine Bonsai Festival, formally opened last May 15 at The Podium and lasted through May 30, filled with seminars and workshops about the art of Bonsai.

Organized by the Philippine Bonsai Society Inc. (PBSI), with the cooperation of Bulacan Bonsai Artists Inc., Kapampangan Horticulture, and the Bonsai Artists Association of Tarlac, the Philippine Bonsai Festival 2010 also featured the Suiseki Competition. Suiseki is the Japanese art of stone appreciation.

Among the seminars and workshops featured were: the Introduction to the Art of Bonsai (May 16), Penjing: The Art of Chinese Landscape (May 16); Training of Bonsai (May 22); Suiseki: The Art of Natural Stone Appreciation (May 23); Caring for Bonsai and Preparation for Exhibit (May 29); and the Hands on Bonsai Workshop (May 30), conducted by the PBSI.

Winners for the Suiseki Competition were Bhoy Apostol’s “Cascade Stone,” first place; Erwin Tica’s “Dancing Dolphins,” second place; and Pabling Dychitan “Talampas,” third place. Natural Stone Society of the Philippines (PBSI) president Ms. Fely Gupit presented the awards.

For more information, please call the Concierge at the Podium at telephone number 638-9781 local 120 or the Philippine Bonsai Society Inc. at (632) 721-7818.

3rd Bagasbas Beach International Eco Arts Festival

The summation of “Art + Environment + Sustainability”, which was the festival’s theme, installed the 3rd Bagasbas Beach International Eco Arts Festival at the Bagasbas Beach, Daet, Camarines Norte last May 30 to June 6, 2010.

Through the initiated efforts of various artists who graced the event, this year’s festival aimed to provide creative learning through four media for the Daet community. The first medium was the installation art, where found items from host communities and bamboo are used to create sculptural installations along the Bagasbas Beach in Daet, Camarines Norte, one of certain actions that might embellish the place’s title as the 60th Surfing and Kite Surfing Destination in the World. Video presentations listed as second. This was where artists showed their video works in spaces in and around the town of Daet. Third on the dossier is the public furniture design for the campus of the Our Lady of Lourdes College. Finally, the final media were economic upliftment seminars where communities will take part in economic enhancement programs from the business community and government technical institutions.

This year’s festival also hoped to provide communities an approach to uplift their lives through a connection with internationally significant artists, and to help them realize that solutions to economic and environmental problems can be met by community cooperation and harnessing simple creativity.
Some of the national and international artists who attended the event were Filipino artist Irma Lacorte who taught her host community Brgy. Mangcamagong in Basud how to make ‘puso’, which she used to create her artwork “Taub-Hubas” that illustrated the changes of the tide, from low to high tide; Artist Chung Ho Chak, from Hongkong-China, who epitomized the simple yet colorful life of the people in his host community, Daet and the Our Lady of Lourdes College, through his “Heart” artwork; and, Norwegian artist Stuart Frost who was amazed with the abundance of natural materials that can be found in Daet, and believed that the people of Daet can generate renewable energy from the wind from simply using bamboo and other indigenous materials - “generate power in places where there is no access”.

The project is supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Our Lady of Lourdes College Foundation.

For more information on the event, contact the Our Lady of Lourdes College Foundation at (6354) 721-1368, (63917) 464-4034, email or visit

1st Columbia Duathlon in the Philippines

Columbia Sports Wear, in cooperation with Nuvali Evoliving, launched the 1st Columbia Trail Masters Duathlon last May 30 at Nuvali, Laguna.

Participants, who have registered from April 1 to May 14 and divided in three categories—Relay Category, Age Category, and Elite Prizes—step up and won in 5K Run-30K Bike-5K Run event. Winning parties received cash prices and gift certificates.

“The Columbia Trail Masters Duathlon series is our way in urging more Filipinos to engage in exciting and challenging outdoor sports,” said Tiffany Batungbacal, Columbia Brand Manager.

This special events is co-presented by Nuvali, Res/Toe/Run, R.O.X., Royal Carribean Jamaican Patties, Gatorade, Manila Water, and in partnership with Business Mirror, MultiSport, OneSport, Runner Speak, Run Radio, Action and Fitness and

For more information, contact Thumbie Remigio at 0915-6872380, Soleil Sanchez at 0916-7834839 of Columbia Sports Wear or visit

Iloilo Wedding Rituals Show

From the Robinsons  Iloilo’s nine-day bridal fair entitled “Wedding Rituals Bridal Show”, award-winning fashion designer Jojie Lloren graced the bridal catwalk through her reputed designs as the finale of the event. The show was held at the Fountain Area of Robinsons Place Iloilo last May 28, 2010 at five ‘o’clock in the afternoon.

Lloren, a former president of Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines, is one of the country’s well-known designers, undisputed with his genuine creations and inspirations to his fashion subordinates. He is also a former president of Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines and is popularly known as the adviser of the contestants on “Project Runway Philippines.”

Six Lloren’s personal handpicked designs were most represented in the bridal show. These were worn by two of his Manila muses, catwalk superstar Jo Ann Bitagcol and Filipina-German newcomer Marita Fe Ganse.

Aside from this highlight, the event also gathered Iloilo’s homegrown talents and Manila-based imports. Part one was made up of “Design Lab” graduates. This was distinguished through the province’s pool of creative neophytes, primarily to discover new talents and fashion/business makers in the Robinsons Mall. The second part was the showcased works of the established Iloilo designers, Bo Parcon and Jaki Peñalosa, who are also tenants in the mall. The models of this part two ramps were products of the “Campus Fashionista” which is just one of Robinsons Iloilo’s unique and longstanding marketing efforts that has won them awards within the Robinsons group. Finally, the walk of Lloren’s creations culminated the event.

For further information, contact Robinsons Iloilo group at telephone number (+63) 33-336-3836.

The Land Sector Summit 2010

“Challenges for a Sector in Transition: Innovation and Opportunities.” This was the theme that fueled the 2010 Land Sector Summit held at the Heritage Hotel last May 28.

"Land is a very important natural resource. Under the environment of good governance and effective land administration system, land can serve as an important asset and a catalyst for poverty reduction and economic development," said Hon. Horacio Ramos, secretary of the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR), in his keynote speech for the event. Ramos also pointed out that inconsistent and outdated land laws in the country cause land disputes and double issuances or fake land titles.

Included in the government’s efforts to revitalize and reform the land sector is the launch of the Land Administration and Management Project (LAMP), with support from the World Bank and the Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID).

Among the current achievements of the government in this endeavor are the introduction of innovations and development of technologies in land survey and titling; land valuation and land information management; improved capacity building in the land sector in terms of trainings, education, and research and development; and improved partnership with stakeholders.

Other speakers for the event were keynote speaker Hon. Margarito Teves, secretary of the Department of Finance; Mr. Tony Burns of Land Equity International; Mr. Ian Lloyd, TA team leader for LAMP2; Ms. Ma. Lourdes Ferrer, DENR-FASPO; Ms. Ma. Presentacion R. Montesa, Bureau of Local Government Finance executive director; Mr. Keith Bell, World Bank Task Leader for LAMP2; Mr. Gilbert Llanto, Mr. Aniceto Orbeta, and Mr. James Riddel of the AUSAID; Engr. Henry P. Pacis, Deputy Executive Director of LAMP2; and Atty. Allan Barcena, director of the Land Management Bureau.

For more information about the event, contact DENR at (632) 929-6626 or visit

The Third Pinoy Organic Festival

Advocates of the organic culture showcased a host of different products and technologies in the Third Pinoy Organic Festival held at the AANI Herbal Garden and Livelihood Center at the Quezon Memorial Circle last May 28–30.

The event was also held as a celebration of the passage of the Philippine Organic Agriculture Law (RA 10068), expected to give a boost to the efforts of various groups in promoting and supporting organic farming and gardening.

One of the major highlights of the festival was a trade fair, which featured various organic products currently available in the market, including fresh and processed farm produce. Several seminars were also conducted and a public forum was slated on the second day to discuss RA 10068.

Speakers for three-day event included Senator Miguel Zubiri, who is also the guest of honor and speaker and the principal author of the Organic Agriculture Law, discussed “The Opportunities and Challenges of the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010,” as well as the budget allocation that will go together with the passage of the law.

Representatives Proceso Alacala of Quezon, Ibrahim Mitra of Palawan, and Leonardo Montemayor of the ABA Party List and Federation of Free Farmers, and Sec. Bernie Fondevilla helmed the public discussion regarding RA 10068.

Mr. Raymond Rubia, Mr. Jun Catan (of Mapecon), and representatives from Amway and Costales Nature’s Farm (Majayjay, Laguna) served as the panel for a discussion on organic and natural fertilizers, vermiculture, vermicast in organic agricultural production, and organic liquid fertilizers.

Organic livestock production, meanwhile, was discussed by an expert from the Laguna Organic Farm, followed by a discussion by Ms. Teresa Saniano about integrated organic rice systems.

Aside from the discussions and seminars, organic farming projects such as The Villegas Organic and Hobby Farm in Malvar, Batangas; the Leonie Agri Corporation, an Organic Certification Center of the Philippines certified farm; the Platinum Island Farm in Tanay, Rizal; and the Santuario de la Natividad Farm, Inc., were also presented.

For more information, contact Ms. Desiree Segovia at 0918-8001728 or 0905-3422265 for more information. You can also get in-touch with Ms. Rhoda Galos at 497-2755. Visit their website at 

Manufacturing Techno Davao comes at its 4th Year

The Industrial Machinery, Factory Automation, Hardware Products, Power Tools, Material Handling, Welding Technology and Accessories Exhibition dubbed as Manufacturing Technology Davao already reached its fourth year in its showcase. This was held at the convention hall of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas last May 27 to 29, 2010.

Secretary Jesus G. Dureza, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority, graced the event that gathered various key stakeholders and businessmen, both from within and outside of the country, as the event’s keynote speaker.

Manufacturing Technology Davao has established itself as the premier machinery and technology exhibition in the Mindanao region in a short span of three years through the efforts of top event organizer, Global-Link MP Events International Inc. (GMP), and is divided into three categories according their exhibitor's specialized industry.

The first is the Total Office Products Show (T.O.P.S.), which is an exhibit of Business IT Solutions, Audio and Visual Communications, Digital and Large Format Printing, Corporate Gifts, Office Automation, Technology, and Products and Services.

The next is the Woodmach Davao, an exhibit focused on Woodworking, Furniture-Making Machinery, and Furnishings and Accessories Finally, the Davao Food Exposition is a showcase geared towards International Food Packaging, Processing and Refrigerating Equipment, Technology Materials, and Accessories and Services.

The event was sponsored by, JIMAC, Monark CAT, AMA, MuLtisTiQ, DelMonte, PowerSpeak.Inc., and Big.Pix.

For further information, call (632) 750-8588 or (632) 750-8585, e-mail, or visit the website

World Slasher Cup Hawaiian Invitational Derby on the Big Dome

The second edition of this year’s World Slasher Cup set last May 31, June 2, and June 4 at the Araneta Coliseum, featuring champion breeders from the Island of Hawaii dubbed as the World Slasher Cup-2 Hawaiian Invitational 8-Cock Derby.

Among the foreign participants were: Roger Roberts, Ray Alexander, Tyrone Kennedy, Sedfrey Linsangan, Zosimo Antivo, Clarence Perkins, Carol Nesthmith, Jorge Torres, Zaldy Sandoval, Rodel Costales, Jeff Hudspeth, Jorge Goitia, Tony Ang, Kali Casco, Chris Casilan, Mike Formosa, Randy Hall, Peter Uren, Greg Berin, Martin Barla, Jose Carcillar. 

The event was hosted by the Pintakasi of Champions and co-presented by Thunderbird. They also held the “Bigtime ka sa World Slacher Cup” raffle promo. The four grand prize winners from Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao together with one chaperon will be brought to the Big Dome for free complete hotel accommodations, with salon and spa treatment, pocket money and a trio (2 hens and a broodcock) from Sonny Lagon of the Thunderbird Winning Team members. 

Organizers of the event said event can be reached at 9112928, 9113101 loc. 8361 or 8351.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

San Mig Coffee Bay Run Dash for Health 2010

Over the past years, people start to become more conscious of their lifestyle habits. They continuously search for ways to enhance themselves physically or physiologically, to look and feel good about themselves.
With this idea, San Mig Coffee came up with its new Pro-Health line which is a variety of complete sugar-free coffeemix enriched with functional ingredients for added health and wellness, and to further promote this product, a running race dubbed as the “San Mig Coffee Bay Run, Dash For Health 2010” was held last May 23 at SM Mall of Asia grounds.

A San Mig Coffee Sampling Café was placed at the central point of the Activity Area, which server free cups of San Mig Coffee. Other activities include a 3k Pro-Beauty Run Booth, 5k Pro-Fiber Run Booth, 10k Pro-Slim Run Booth, 15k Pro-Power Run Booth, and a Photo Area.

This very special event is co presented by Magnolia PureFresh Low Fat Milk and supported by Magnolia Pure Water, Pocari Sweat, Magnolia Lifedrink, Bank of Commerce, Healthway, Wi-Tribe, Gardenia, Magnolia Pancake Plus, Magnolia No Sugar Added Ice Cream, and Microtel Hotels and Resorts.

For more information, contact WWWExpress at (632) 793-1777 or 852-7210 or visit

Soroptimists International of the Philippines 22nd Biennial Conference

Last May 20 to 23, 2010, the Soroptimists International of the Philippines Region (SIPR) (A Foundation) Inc. celebrated its 22nd Biennial Conference at the Fontana Leisure Parks, Clarkfield Pampanga.

Ms. Carmen A. Flor, SIPR Governor, recognized the conference as a celebration of the varied accomplishments of SIPR clubs throughout the country. The conference was also a showcase of the best of the 2010 SIPR from the approved new SIPR Bylaws – the merger of the SIPR Foundation and SIPR official by the Securities and Exchange Commission, SIPR Clubs’ support to SIPR Dream Raffles, and SIPR members’ support to the Disaster Relief Fund and Sampaguita and Laurel Societies, to the “SIPR Club Grant” that will provide startup capital for the micro-enterprises for the women in the barangays.

On the other hand, the Unsung Women Heroes Award, which is SIPR’s signature program, again presented outstanding women that extended their hand in uplifting the well-being of women and girls in the communities. Some of the awardees were Ms. Agnesita S. Espiritu, Dr. Christina L. Santos, Ms. Eden M. Reyes, Ms. Patricia Anne P. Gallardo, Ms. Ellen C. Batisan, Ms. Emerenciana S. Tuliao, and Ms. Rosalinda G. Dagcasin.

Soroptimists International of the Philippines Region (SIPR) (A Foundation) Inc. is in partnership with government agencies, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Philippine National Police (PNP), National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

For more information, contact SIRP through the telephone numbers (02) 706-2366 or 994-7861, telefax at (02) 706-3933, e-mail at or visit the website:

Friday, May 28, 2010

Cebu Sports Science Seminar to be Held at USC

The country’s sought-after specialists in the field of sport science will share key information on how athletes and sports enthusiast can achieve maximum performance and be better than their competitors during the Sports Science Initiatives (SSI) Sports Science seminar series-Cebu leg on May 28 - 29, 2010 at the Theodore Buttenbruch Hall of University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City.

Organized by LAN Sports & Events Inc., and hosted by the USC Physical Education Department, the event aims to upgrade the knowledge and skill of Key Influencers such as Sports Coaches, Physical Education Teachers, Fitness Coaches, Physical Therapists, Nurses, Sports Science Students, Physical Education Students, Athletic Trainers, Conditioning Coaches, etc. through lecture-demonstrations.

Sports enthusiasts and athletes are always aiming to become stronger and better in their chosen sport. Proper training and conditioning are important to achieve this. Whether its basketball, volleyball, swimming, badminton, or contact sports, an athlete and their respective coaches and trainers need to understand what the body needs in order to achieve full potential.

Respected experts in sports science will share valuable information throughout the two-day event. Invited resource speakers include:
  • Sanirose S. Orbeta, MS, RD, FADA - Sports Nutrition
  • Dr. Jose Raul Canlas, Medical Director of the Moro Lorenzo Sports Complex - Sports Injury Management
  • Pio Solon, CSCS, and Dean Hercules Callanta, College of Human Kinetics, UP– Diliman - Strength & Conditioning
  • Dr. Julian Montano - Sports Psychology
  • Josephine Joy B. Reyes, MPE - Career in Sports Science
  • Niño Sinco – Fluid Guidelines for Performance.
The SSI Sports Science Seminar is sponsored by Phiten Philippines, TechnoGym, Gatorade, ASICS, Mueller Sports Medicine, and Hi Smart. This event is endorsed by the Philippine Association for Sports and Exercise Science (PHASES) and the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI), and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

Limited seats are available for 2010 Sports Science Initiatives Seminar Series - Metro Cebu. Registration Fee is PhP1, 000.00 inclusive of giveaways, handouts, lunch for both days, and Certificate of Participation. Deadline for registration is on May 24, 2010.

For more information about the event, contact Ms. Astrid Ocampo of the USC PE Dept at (0923) 280-7120 or Coach Pio Solon, CSCS at (0932) 641-9772 or email

Thursday, May 27, 2010

2010 National 4-H Convention

Almost 600 youth leaders of the 4-H Club, youth coordinators, and volunteer youth leaders nationwide gathered at the Camarines Sur Capitol Convention Center last May 17 to 20, 2010 to celebrate the club’s National Convention.

The convention with the theme “Youth Empowerment on Climate Change Adaptation: A Time for Action” was also attended and graced by Assistant Director Alberto Maningding of ATI-Central Office, together with other officials like Mr. Allan Vega, Federation President of 4-H Club Philippines, Inc., Guiamaludin Mohamad, Volunteer Leaders Association of the Philippines (VLAP) National President and Hon. Loreto Yu, Mayor of Alang-alang , Leyte and International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) President.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Bicol Regional Executive Director Marilyn V. Sta. Catalina happened to deliver the message of Secretary Bernie G. Fondevilla, who was supposedly one of the event’s guest speakers, to the visitors and delegates. Shared insights from the secretary were messages to the government and the people that they must work together in addressing critical threats of climate change which is largely attributed to man’s abuse to the environment. In additional, the secretary pointed out that in order for the government to achieve its agri-fishery development and modernization amidst climate problem, there must be a stronger and sustained collaboration among stakeholders – the DA, Local Government Units (LGU), other policy makers and implementers, farmers, fishers, entrepreneurs and other industry players.

The 4-H National Convention is an annual gathering of all farm youth in the country which is principally being carried out by the DA’s Agricultural Training Institute, in cooperation with the regional, provincial and municipal Farm Youth Development Program (FYDP) from the DA-Regional Field Units, and LGUs, VLAP, and IFYE.

From all who attended, Region XII delegation had the biggest delegation. With sixty delegates, Region XII was led by Alicia Rose Nebreja, ATI-XII Regional Rural Based Organizations (RBOs) Coordinator and Felly Bongat, DA-RFU XII’s Regional FYDP Coordinator.

For more information, contact

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

39th SKAL Asian Congress

It will be red carpet all the way for Skålleagues and their families and friends who will be attending the 39th Skål Asian Congress from May 27 to 30, 2010 in Cebu.

Hosted by Skal Club Cebu, at least 100 foreign stakeholders in the international tourism industry and 60 more of their local counterparts are expected converge in Cebu and take part in the said event.

Numerous activities have been lined up for the Skålleagues throughout the four-day affair. The Asian Board of Officers' Dinner will be held on May 26 at the Hilton Cebu Resort and Spa. Major activities and meetings will be held at the Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa. Golfer delegates will show off their strokes at the Asian Golf Tournament to be held on May 27 at the Mactan Airbase. Later, welcome cocktails and dinner will be served at Plantation Bay Resort & Spa. The President’s Meeting, set on May 28, will be held at the Hilton Cebu Resort and Spa. Finally, a Gala Dinner will be held on May 29 at Waterfront Hotel and Casino.

The Cebu Congress will, for the first time, include the Young Skål Forum. Young Skål members from Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines and other Asian cities are expected to participate and inject a new phase to Skål Asia. Another first for the Asian Congress is the Skål Tourism Awards for outstanding clubs and personalities to be conducted by the Asian Area and Skål International Philippines to be presented by Skål International Makati.

The 39th Skål Asian Congress is supported by Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, Duty Free Philippines, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) (formerly Philippine Tourism Authority), Department of Tourism, Cebu Pacific Air, Lapu-Lapu City Government, City of Cebu, Province of Cebu, Amadeus and Islands Group, and Islands Souvenirs.

For registration, visit the following websites, or email

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Chase the Sun: The Neutrogena Run

A true runner will never let the intense summer heat get in the way of a good workout. This is what inspired the only cable network in the Philippine television exclusively for women, the Lifestyle Network, in partnership with Neutrogena, when they’ve encouraged women across the metro to step out under the sun and participate in one of the country’s faster-growing sport—running.

This is the first road race organized by a beauty brand. Moreover, it is also a tribute to the woman who can sport beautiful, summer skin and strut her stuff as an active runner, the Chase the Sun Run will give runners the chance to experience firsthand how Neutrogena takes care of their skin.

With the theme, “Chase the Sun: The Neutrogena Run”, the run started last May 16 at the Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, which featured race categories on 3K, 5K, 10, 15K.

Interested and challenging women begin to register last April 19 to May 12 through the logging on the websites,,, or to and followed abscbndotcom on Twitter.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

1st E-commerce Marketing Conference

Hollistic in partnership with Trigo World Inc., presented the very first E-commerce Marketing Conference which was exclusively conducted for the Natural Health and Wellness Industry last May 15, 2010 at the Dasmarinas Function Room of Hotel Intercontinental Manila located at Ayala Avenue, Makati City.

Included in the wide-range of topics tackled that concerns the industry is a discussion about the Hollistic Health Care in Global Marketing as presented by the Financial Benefits Speaker Dr. Josef de Ubaldo, FS., FRCP, FRINM and Edgar Canlas of SMilDS.COM.

Aside from inspirational talks, lecture trainings, and presentations, the conference also displayed exhibits and sample products of natural and herbal Coffee, Nutritional Foods Supplement such as Vida Booster, Noni and other similar products which was open for public viewing and is for free admission.

Registration was conducted online through and through the Secretariat office at (632) 371-7015, 371-7016, or email

7th Bimmerfest 2010 Car Fashion Show

The BMW Car Club of the Philippines  presented the 7th Bimmerfest 2010, an all BMW Car Show, at the A Venue Open Grounds in Makati City last May 15. Bimmerfest is the annual gathering of club members in a show and shine competition, while non-competing members came to appreciate the nicely prepared cars and enjoy the camaraderie with fellow members. The event featured more than thirty BMW vehicles that extremely amazed all the participants and competitors.

Moreover, club members also reminisce with video/slideshow of their get-togethers from the past year’s celebration. Among the display presentations were aftermarket products from Bilstein, PIAA, Motospray, Spring Cushion, Wayfinder, and Eurovision. King Luxury Limousine Service brought in their "White Minx" custom stretch BMW 740i for those who want to roll in style.

The big winners of Bimmerfest 2010 were: Jun V for Best of Show with his e93 M3; Best Interior went to e46rara's e30 323e; Best Exterior went to satsumabus' e30 325i; Best Heritage went to iTango's e30 325ti; Best Modern went to the e46 318MS of iastute; Best Special went to the e63 M6 of Jun V; Best Guest Display went to the e21 3`6i of F. Sia; and the People's Choice award went to K Balingit's e46 316i.

This year's event was more than just a car show, it is indeed a fashion show with the support from Asian Carmakers Corporation, Chevron Philippines, Bridgestone, RCBC, San Miguel Beer, Tumi, Globe Platinum, Concept One Wheels, Magnolia Purewater, Big Bert’s, Aguila Auto Glass, Acer, Eurovision, Blade, Magic 89.9, Business World, 103.5 Max FM, Doppler Audio, the Philippine Star, and TopGear. The event was concluded with a concert by True Faith.

For more information, contact the BMW Car Club of the Philippines at (63917)826-3887.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Celebrations 2010 - A Bridal Show and Events Expo

Soon-to-wed couples, debutants, and other individuals can start planning their parties by meeting up with local wedding and events suppliers during Celebrations! A Bridal Show and Events Expo to be held on May 22 – 23, 2010 at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Celebrations! is created with the idea that all of life’s big events deserve a special celebration. Hence, Celebrations! covers it all: venues and facilities, catering, entertainment, event styling and decoration, photo and video services, invitations, souvenirs, wedding rings, cakes, flowers and balloons, lighting and sound facilities, audio visual equipment, special effects and more.

Celebrations! aims to make your special event exactly what you have hoped for – perfect weddings, successful corporate events and fun private parties. With this goal, Celebrations! will showcase only the best and most credible in the industry to help save time in the process of selecting the right suppliers for your every event need.

Numerous activities have been lined up for attending guests. Admission is free for pre-registered couples, debutants and guests. P100.00 will be charged for walk-in and non-registered guests.

Celebrations! A Bridal Show and Events Expo is partnership with Eloquente Catering Service, Goldilocks Bakeshop, 4th Wall Designs, BDO, Fotoloco, Great Image Photography, Mr. Hardinero Landscaping and Flower Shop, Weddings at Work, Tambayan 101.9, Lifestyle Network, and Metro Weddings Magazine.

For more information, contact Chu-U-Yen Events at (632) 456-2104, (63919) 681-0600, fax (632) 361-7670, e-mail or visit their website at

Bike Festival Asia 2010

Filipino bikers from all over the country will again push pedals during the Bike Festival Asia 2010 to be held on May 21 – 22, 2010 at Terrazas de Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Batangas.

The event aims to boost tourism in Southern Luzon and promote wellness and active lifestyle. This annual event is co-presented by the Department of Tourism (DoT) and Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) (formerly Philippine Tourism Authority).

Competition is open to all bikers age 18 - 55 years old. Interested participants may register at L.E.N. Plus Inc., Unit F, Lower Ground Floor, CT. Center Building, 520 Shaw Blvd., cor. Old Wack Wack St., Mandaluyong City. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon barbeque will be provided for all registered participants. Registration starts on May 10 to May 17, 2010.

For more information, contact L.E.N. Plus, Inc., at (632) 532-9443 or email

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Parkinson’s Support Group of the Philippines Lay Forum

Parkinson’s disease is one of the most complicated and also one of the least understood disease in the Philippines, if not the whole world.

In a continuing effort to provide understanding and support for people who suffer the disease, the Parkinson’s Support Group of the Philippines (PSGP) held a lay forum last May 9, from 1pm–4pm, at the Cathedral Heights Building Complex, South Tower of St. Luke’s Medical Center.

The forum was sponsored by Darvys Pharma and was open to the public with free admission. Cardiologist Dr. Roberto Raymundo of the Philippine Heart Center presided over the forum, with discussions on how Parkinson’s disease affects the heart, blood pressure, and blood vessels. He also talked about ubiquinone, a powerful antioxidant, and its benefits in patients with Parkinson’s disease and cardiac disorders, as well as fostering general health, wellness, and youth.

Interest parties may contact the PSGP at 631-1531 or the Movement Disorders Center of St. Luke’s at 727-5552.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

International Food Exhibition Philippines 2010

The International Food Exhibition Philippines (IFEX), a premier sourcing hub for quality Filipino food, held its 2010 run last May 6–8 at the World Trade Center Manila, attracting hundreds of local and international food buyers and enthusiasts.

Aptly themed “Celebrate the Flavors,” the 2010 IFEX presented exciting food destinations in Asia, which featured beverages; meat and poultry; natural, herbal, and organic products; biscuits, snacks, and confectioneries; fine food and specialties; marine products; fresh and processed fruits and vegetables; and allied products and services.

The event, divided into the Exporter’s Zone, which was opened for trade buyers on May 6 and then to visitors on May 7 and 8, and the Retailer’s Zone and International Hall, which was open for the who duration of the event for buyers, visitors, and the general public.

The IFEX 2010 was organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and held in partnership with Department of Agriculture Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service. Media partners include the Business Mirror, the Department of Science and Technology, Cook Magazine, ClickTheCity, Business World, Mega Publishing Group, the Manila Bulletin, and Hinge Inquirer. The Radio Partners, Inc., Magic 89.9, Jam 88.3, Wave 89.1, 99.5 RT, and Max FM.

For more information, please contact the IFEX Philippines Secretariat at telephone numbers (632) 831-1282 or (632) 831-2201 locals 204 and 238; fax numbers (632) 834-0177 or (632) 832-3965; or email

Proudly Filipina’s Takbo para sa Tamang Boto

From the hard-fought battle for suffrage, women have and still are playing a vital role in the shaping and restructuring of the political arena. In the Philippines, women provide a voice of reason and a tone of decision-making that is both stern and tender.

Campaigning for clean and honest elections, Proudly Filipina staged a fun run at the Mall of Asia grounds. The event was held in cooperation with the Soroptimist International Eastwood City District and 3 Thousand Club of the Americas, Philippine Chapter.

Proudly Filipina is an all-Filipina international online community, dedicated to bringing together Filipino women from all over the world. Proudly Filipina and its partners formed and advocacy campaign for awareness and support for clean, fair, and honest elections in the country.

The “Takbo para sa Tamang Boto” was held last May 8, with three different races: the 10 k, 5 k, and 3 k runs.

The event was also held as a fundraising event for the Sisters of Mary Girls Town in Silang, Cavite for their continuing mission of providing support and reaching out for the poor and needy.

For more information, please call 0908-1984183 and look for Kyle Bueta, Jr. You may also visit

Friday, May 14, 2010

Mathematical Society of the Philippines 2010 Annual Convention

Researchers and educators in all areas of pure and applied mathematics, math education, statistics, and other related areas are invited to join the Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP) 2010 annual Convention to be held on May 20-21, 2010 at the Montebello Villa Hotel in Cebu City.

Hosted by the MSP Cebu Chapter, the MSP celebrates its 37th year as the country’s largest professional organization dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and mathematics education. Invited to give plenary talks are Dr. Alnar Detalla (Central Mindanao University), Dr Jesper Jansson (Ochanomizu University), Prof San Ling (Nanyang Technological University), Dr Ester Ogena (DOST-Science Education Institute), Prof Agnes Paras (University of the Philippines) and Prof Paul Terwilliger (University of Wisconsin).

Local researchers will also be given a chance to present their papers and share with their colleagues their latest findings and application practices of mathematics. Participants are encouraged to pre-register, via mail, fax, or email, on or before May 7, 2010.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Arlene Pascasio, MSP Convention Chair at, or Dr. Lorna Almocera, MSP Convention Co-chair at Interested participant may also call (632) 920-1009, email or visit their website at

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Association of Deans of Philippine Colleges of Nursing Summer Workshop 2010

Nursing has become one of the most in-demand educational degrees in the Philippines in the past few years. With the clamor for more nurses both here and abroad, nursing education in the country should continually improve, at the same time inculcating personal values and leadership qualities that would further give our nurses an edge.

Through the leadership of the Association of Deans of Philippine Colleges of Nursing (ADCPN), annual and summer workshops have been conducted from its inception, concentrating on quality instruction and quality outcomes, which contribute to a more positive outlook in the competencies of nurses.

This year, the ADCPN’s summer workshop was held at the Manila Hotel last May 4 and 5. Carried by the theme “The Call to Professional and Personal Leadership,” the conference served as a challenge for administrators of nursing schools in the country to continually secure their growth as educator, administrators, and individuals.

The ADCPN Summer Conference was aptly themed as there are constant changes in the approaches in delivering quality education. This year, members of the ADCPN were also given the chance to interact with official from the Commission on Higher Education and the Professional Regulation Commission.

The ADCPN was established in 1959 and is now led by Dean Carmelita Divinagracia,

For more information about the event, contact the Association of Deans of Philippine Colleges of Nursing at (632) 921-7466.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

4th Men’s Health All-Terrain Race

Trail runners and mountain bikers will surely have their work cut out for them as they take part in the 4th Men’s Health All-Terrain Race to be held on May 16, 2010 in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

The Men’s Health All-Terrain Race is the most eagerly anticipated race in the country by both mountain bikers and trail runners. It’s is also the perfect springboard for new riders and runners to try something new and to push their limit.

Participants may choose to run the 6-kilometer, 10-kilometer or 16-kilometer trail course, or ride their bikes on the 20-kilometer or the 40-kilometer route. But for those up for the challenge, there is also the option to do both the 10-kilometer trail run and 20-kilometer bike ride. Racers will be running and/or riding on pavements, dirt roads and grass lands. They will also get the opportunity to admire the view from the top of a ravine, and get wet while crossing a river on their way to the finish line.

Registration is now ongoing at Akt!v Sports and Lifestyle Centers in Trinoma and Festival Super Mall, Recreational Outdoor Exchange (R.O.X.) in Bonifacio High Street and at the Summit Media Office at the 7th Floor of Robinsons Cybergate Tower 3, Pioneer St., Mandaluyong, City. Deadline of registration is on May 12, 2010.

Good food, cool music and, great company awaits all participants as the event coincided with Men’s Health Philippines’ Fifth Anniversary celebration.

The 4th Men’s Health All-Terrain Race is co-presented by Keen and sponsored by Cherifer Premium, Emperador Light with official venue partner, Nuvali; official timer, Timex; official outfitter, AllStar; registration partners, Akt!v Sports and Lifestyle Centers and ROX and official radio partner Magic 89.9.

For more information about the event, contact Summit Media Publishing at (632) 451-8888 local 1070 or 1071, visit or grab a copy of the current issue of Men’s Health, available in newsstands, bookstores and supermarkets nationwide.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Subic Bay International Triathlon Draws 650 Participants

Considered as the biggest Subic Bay International Triathlon (SuBIT) since its conception in 1992, the 18th SuBIT boasted of a record 650-strong list of participants from over 23 countries. The Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) was forced to close down the registration even before the deadline with this unexpected yet welcome turnout of participants.

Slated last May 1 and 2 at the Subic Freeport Zone and presented in cooperation with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), this year’s edition of the SuBIT focused on young triathletes with the Asian Junior and U-23 (Under 23) Championships.

The U-23 category saw action in the 1.5 K swim, 40 K bike, and 10 K run, while the junior triathletes raced through 750 m swim, 20 K bike, and 5 K run course.

Said TRAP President Tom Carrasco, Jr.: “For this year, we decided to put more premium on the development of young triathletes who will take the place of current stars.”

Teams from Japan, Hungary, China, Kazakhstan, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, United Kingdom, Macau, Singapore, Iceland, France, Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Poland, Israel, Syria, Belgium, and Norway all sent their contingents to battle the bets of the Filipino hosts.

The race began at the Dungaree Beach and ended at the Waterfront, with the female elite and U-23, female age groupers, junior sprint, adult sprint, mini sprint, and female interclub relay competing on the first day. The elite/U-23 male and age groupers and inter-club team championships were held on the second day.

Event sponsors include Speedo, David’s Salon, Globe Telecom, Sunkist, Vitwater, Asian Center for Insulation Philippines, Camaya Coast, Gatorade, Fitness First, and Rudy Project.

For more information, contact the Triathlon Association of the Philippines at (632) 710-8259, 974-2104 to 06, (63915) 643-0822, fax (632)809-2713 or 850-5254, or e-mail

4th Country Fair at Tagaytay City

Two days of wonderful summer art and nature were showcased at the beautiful gardens of The Flower Farm Corporation on its 4th Country Fair last May 1-2, 2010 in Tagaytay City.

The event’s special highlight was an exhibit of the “Vanishing Scenes” paintings by the late Lino Severino—the pilot-turned-artist brother of Ging delos Reyes. He is recognized of his valuable works that captures the Nostalgia of Negros Occidental’s grand ancestral homes. One of his best works is the “Paris of Negros” on canvas, was one of the highlight displays.

Two members of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artist and local photo enthusiasts joined as new exhibitors in the said event. They presented on-the-spot painting, and showcased the Philippines’ most scenic spots by the association’s photographers in the events’ photo exhibit.

Apart from gallery displays and exhibits, visitors also enjoyed shopping in the garden bazaar where a variety of fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables, imported fabrics, garden accessories, and home décor items were available. Specialty Food items from Silay City are also offered, with the proceeds going to the Home for the Aged in Silay City, Negros Occidental. Via Mare, on the other hand, served sumptuous meals for everybody who needs their stomach after feeding their eyes and minds with beautiful displays of painting and photographs.

The Flower Farm Corporation can be reached through 815-6665 or email

Ultra Marathon at Laguna de Bay

The Laguna de Bay Conservation Foundation (LBCF) staged the Laguna de Bay Ultra Marathon Challenge last May 1-2 on the perimeter of the Laguna Lake.

Mr. Ed Manda, Laguna Lake Development Authority General Manager, noted that the event hopes to create awareness in preserving the lake. Moreover, he also stressed that with this event, the foundation aims to instill the values of bayanihan, love of nature, and teamwork.

The race draws 40 teams, which is composed of five runners—only two tem members should be elite runners and should also include one female member. The race, moreover, started at Frontera and run toward the Laguna Provincial Capitol in Sta. Cruz—both on the first and second day of the event.

Sponsored by Accel, PAGCOR, Outlast Battery, and Shakeys, the proceeds of the race will go to the Galalan Community Forest in Pangil, Laguna, and the Laguna de bay Integrated Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council.

For more info, contact TEAM VENTURES at (632)522 5953, e-mail: or LLDA-International and Local Cooperations Division (ILCD) at (632)284 4797.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

7th Annual Puerto Galera Reggae Festival

Pinoy Reggae legends once again gathered at the 7th Annual Puerto Galera Reggae Festival at Encenada Beach Resort in Puerto Galera last May 1, 2010.

One of those who took the “riddims” was the Tropical Depression which is also an annual band performer in the event. Tropical Depression, the band which popularized “Kapayapaan”, is spearheaded by founder and band leader Papadom, who is also the lead vocals and riddim guitar, and his longtime musical partner, Bong on lead guitar, together with Lala and Arlene on back-up vocals. The band has marked their legendary beat through headlining several concerts nationwide. They perform in the clubs, music festivals, in high profile shows, up to benefit concerts. But above all, they truly had the “Tropical Depression Infectious Island Riddim” that pumped up the enjoyment especially of the reggae festival’s visitors while enjoying beach football, windsurfing, barbeque, and a lot more until midnight.

Other Reggae bands and guests that joined the festival were Cocojam, the band which popularized “Lakambini” and “Ulap”, Turtle Club, Cool Laki, Grassroots, Kapis, Herb Culture, Wicked Tarsiers and one of the Pinoy great guitarist, Jun Lopito.

The 7th Annual Puerto Galera Reggae Festival is sponsored by Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), PEPSI, Globe Telecom, URC, San Miguel Beer, Starboard Philippines, The Provincial Tourism Office of Calapan City, Mayor’s Office Puerto Galera, Jam 88.3 and NU107.

For more information, contact (02) 3326746, 0928-247-2642, 0923-467-7394, 0916-354-3259.