Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Cebu Business Month 2010: The Green Expo Exhibition and Conference

One of the most relevant topics and concerns all around the globe is the campaign for a cleaner, better environment. Green products, services, and technologies continue to inspire more and more supporters and advocates all over the world.

To show its support in this endeavor, the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) organized the Cebu Business Month (CBM) 2010 with the Green Expo Exhibition and Conference last June 22–24. Held at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) the Green Expo was conducted in cooperation with the local government of Cebu, the Department of Tourism, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, and the Cebu Visitors Convention Bureau.

The Green Expo featured a wide array of green products and technologies, services, and businesses, including information technology, computer software and peripherals, green tourism, manufacturing (such as jewelry and handicrafts), and green energy.

Across three days, the event also featured the emerging ICT and BPO industry in Cebu, the growing interest in Cebu as a prime tourist location, and how to succeed in green entrepreneurship

Participating in the event were Cebu Holdings Inc., SM City Cebu, Business World, GMA 7, IBM, International Pharmaceuticals, Business Mirror, the Manila Bulletin, Sun Star, Talheiyo Cement Philippines,, Marco Polo Plaza, Plantation Bay, Radisson Blu, and the San Miguel Corporation. Event sponsors were the Cebu Magazine, the Philippine Tattler and Foxchit. Islands Souvenirs provided the official shirts of the CBM 2010.

Media partners Alcordo Advertising, Cebu Daily News, I Design Cebu (Cebu Interactive Design), Infinity Colors Inc., Killer Bee, ABN Dreamworks, Mozcom, Make My Trip, Sky Cable, Studio 23, the Freeman, the Cebu Voice, Wealth TV, and y101 FM also graced the event.

For more information, please contact the CCCI at telephone numbers (032) 232-1421 to 24, local 109 or the CBM 2010 Secretariat at (032) 583-1258. You may also call 0908-8918233 or email or Visit their website at

1st Mody Manglicmot Bonsai and Suiseki Cup, Flower and Garden Show

The Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines, Inc. (BSAPI) in cooperation with the Quezon Memorial Circle Management presented the 1st Mody Manglicmot Bonsai and Suiseki Cup, Flower and Garden Show.

The spectacular display and presentation of bonsai and suiseki was held last June 26 to July 11 at Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City which opened from 8am to 7pm which was participated not only by plant enthusiasts but also with everybody who has treated plants as part of their lives.

Apart from bonsai and suiseki exhibits, the event also featured an ornamental landscaping with a commercial section, On-the-spot Painting Contest, and daily lecture-demonstrations on the different aspects of gardening for the conservation and enhancement of nature, most especially concerning the environment and climate change. It also featured free raffle prizes of bonsai materials, suiseki and a lot of gift packs.

For more information about the beautiful suiseki and bonsai displays, you may contact the Secretariat at 0917-5336703 Letty Ligon, 0906-2451167 Mody Manglicmot and 09178161288 David Du. Email “Letty Ligon” at

Philippine Economic Society Power Outlook Forum 2010

Last June 29, 2010, the Philippine Economic Society (PES) hosted The Power Outlook: A Forum on the Impending Power Crisis at the Romulo Hall, NEDA Building, Amorsolo St., Makati City.

The forum addressed the following issues or topics about the perceived barriers to putting up additional capacity, the actual supply and demand balance in the power sector, some of the key issues on electricity pricing, and on how the country is facing another impending power crisis in the short-term or medium-term.

Panelists who shared their expertise were Commissioner Rauf Tan of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Dr. Alan Ortiz, former president and chief executive officer of Transco, Inc., and Victor Santos, Jr., a senior vice president of First Gen Corporation. On the other hand, Peter Wallace, president of The Wallace Business Forum, stood as the forum’s moderator.

The Philippine Economic Society (PES) is the professional organization of Filipino economists and, over the years, has served as one of the strongest networks of economists in the academe, government and business sector. The PES continuously provides a venue for open and free discussions on a wide range of policy issues through its conferences and symposia.

The Power Outlook forum is supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) , which is dedicated to the belief that a functioning democracy needs politically informed and educated citizens. The foundation also promotes individual freedom and liberalism.

For further information, e-mail PES at or telefax the society at 332 4005. Visit their website at

Saturday, June 26, 2010

15th Graphic Expo and Photo Video Expo 2010

The 15th Edition Graphic Expo 2010 celebrated back to back with this year’s Photo Video Expo last June 17-19 at the SMX Convention Center.

The three-day expo presented seminar topics including Desktop Publishing, Digital Photography and Imaging, Pre-Press Print Production, Large Format Printing, Sign making, Out-of-Home, Web Publishing, Multimedia, and Animation and Video.

The first day of the expo focused on Advanced Photoshop and discusses on other Adobe Programs’ tips and techniques. The second day is more on Color management and studied some of the business side of creativity which also discusses more on photography and event coverage. The last day is more focused on the moving pictures like video clips and animation, which uses Adobe After Effects.

The event was organized in cooperation with its sponsors: Canon, GPI, the Philippine Star, Business Mirror, adobo magazine,, ComputerWorld, PC Buyer’s Guide, PC World, MediaG8way,, i-mag, Jam 88.3, Wave89.1, Magic 89.9, Techforge, Enterprise, and FISSI.

For more information, contact Fiera de Manila at (632) 896-0639, 896-0637, 899-6216 or e-mail Visit the website at

Friday, June 25, 2010

AMEPA 5th Anniversary

The Association of Muslims Extended Program and Activities (AMEPA) and the Association of Middle East Placement Agencies (AMEPA), AMEPA Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) and AMEPA Mosque devoted their 5th Anniversary celebration held at the third floor, BDO Bldg., P. Faura St. Corner A. Mabini, Ermita, Manila last February 18, 2010 in benefitting the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).

The theme of the event was “Strengthening the External Relations of AMEPA, for Job Opportunities Abroad” that was explicated by the event’s Guest Speaker Senator James Espaldon of Guam through his address about the $20-billion Guam military build-up projects that will benefit OFWs. Optimistically, the senator believed that the US project will help many Filipinos, who have plans of going abroad, stabilize their economic standing.

Diplomats and staff of the embassies of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Republic of Venezuela, and the Republic of Indonesia.

Saleh K. Abdullah, President and CEO of AMEPA Development Foundation, Inc. even said that the anniversary brought connections between placement agencies and overseas job prospects.

One of the event’s highlight was also the awarding of the plaques of appreciation to the Top Ten Outstanding Placement Agencies. The awardees were the CDK International Manpower Corporation, Sara International Manpower Services, M.S. Brains International Manpower Services, Augustin Internatinal Center, Elbeitam Management Services, Al Mustaqbal International, Marcon International Manpower Agency, Pacific Mediterranean International Manpower Agency, Samie International Recruitment & General Services Ltd., Co. and Petra Personnel Employment & Technical Recruitment Agency.

AMEPA is a non-stock, non-profit corporation of Muslim and Christian members and is aimed to establish a foundation that unites the Muslims and Christians towards common goals, to extend grants or endowments to support its goals or generating funds to accomplish charitable, religious, educational, athletic, cultural, literary, scientific, social welfare or other similar objectives, to organize, undertake workshop seminars, forums, symposiums and technical and vocational trainings, to promote the welfare of the members by launching a livelihood programs that creates self-help, self-reliant and income generating by conducting livelihood skill training seminars, forums and symposiums, to forge a cordial relationships with both local and international entities, to purchase, repurchase and acquire real and personal properties, receive donation, endowment both local and abroad, in any form and dispose and distribute the same for the interest of the foundation, and to perform such other functions and activities in pursuit with the goals and objectives of the foundation.

For more information, call the telephone numbers (02) 393-8797, (02) 666-2592, fax at (02) 524-1767, or e-mail at

Asia-Pacific Publishers Association 17th Annual General Assembly

The Asia-Pacific Publishers Association (APPA) welcomed Atty. Dominador D. Buhain, its newly-elected first ever Filipino President on its 17th Annual General Meeting held at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, Cebu City last on June 18, 2010.

Atty. Buhain, president of ASEAN Book Publishers Association (ABPA) last 2007-2009 and current Vice President of APPA, was nominated and then elected as the new APPA president for 2010-2012. He took over the position from Dr. Sok Ghee Baek, the current APPA president, from the beginning of August 2010 for a 2-years term until the Annual General Meeting in 2012.

Dr. Baek said that he was supporting the election of Buhain considering his 18 years of service to APPA in various capacities, such as vice president, treasurer, and chairman of committees.

Aside from said responsibilities, President Buhain also holds the position of Philippines Educational Publishers Association (PEPA) President Emeritus.

The Asia-Pacific Publishers Association (APPA) is an association of book publishers of 16 active member-countries composed of Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Mongolia and a member of the International Publishers Association (IPA).

For further information, contact the Asia-Pacific Publishers Association - Philippines at (632) 711-5702 or fax (632)711-7169.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

5th Food Processing and Packaging Expo Mindanao

The 5th Food Processing and Packaging Expo in Mindanao (FPP Mindanao) held back-to-back with Mindanao Culinary Festival 2010 (MCF 2010) last June 16 to 19 at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Davao City.

Organized by the Premier Events Plus Group Inc, in cooperation with Sunbest, Vesmach, Sun Star, the Manila Bulletin, 95.5RT, Business Mirror, DXUM Radyo Ukay, and Chippens, PFP Mindanao highlighted a wide array of seminars and presentations including a talk about The Appetite of Food Photography conducted by Mr. Mark Floro of the Philippine Center for Creative Imaging, a presentation about Healthy Cuisine and Plated Desserts conducted by Chef James Antolin, and a more serious seminar on the Bureau of Food and Drugs Requirements and Updates.

The MCF 2010, on the other hand, conducted Bridal Table Setting Competition, Wedding Cake Display Competition, and the 10th Year Anniversary Celebration: Special Awarding and Recognition Program.

Premier Events Plus Group Inc can be reached at 02-9297933, 9297963, or email them at

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

e-Governance Forum 2010

The Chief Information Officers Forum (CIOF), in cooperation with the CIOF Foundation (CIOFF), and the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) proudly presented and organized the first Philippine e-Governance Forum entitled Public Service 2.0: From e-Government to e-Governance last June 22 to 23 at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila.

The forum was attended by local and international speakers, as well as industry experts. They have discussed three timely issues in e-Governance: the role and value of e-Governance in the country’s development; the impact of e-Governance to citizen service delivery; and the current challenges of e-Governance. Moreover, the speakers shared insights and best practices, and showcased successful e-Government initiatives.

The forum, on the other hand, aims to engage various stakeholders to support the objectives and programs of the CICT, and encourage public and private organizations to help advance and promote ICT in the government and the entire country. Furthermore, the event is also a venue to celebrate the National Information and Communications Technology (ICT) month through the ICT Awards, which recognized outstanding men and women from the national and local government agencies.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

2010 Philippine Independence Day Half Marathon: A Patriotic Run!

2010 Philippine Independence Day, June 12, was not just a celebration of the country’s independence but a “Patriotic Run” for Filipinos and visitors who joined the Philippine Independence Day Half Marathon (PIDM) held at the Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Screaming the theme “Inibig Ko ang Pilipinas! Gagawin ko ang lahat upang siya’y maiangat sa pagkakasadlak!,” the marathon included 5-kilometer, 10-kilometer, 15-kilometer, and 21-kilometer events for male and female division.

The following were the top runners of the event (including the winners’ actual speed time – hh:mm:ss)

5-Kilometer Marathon
1. Cuyom, Nickson C. 0:16:35
2. Bacong, Michael 0:17:00
3. Pedregoza, Carlo 0:17:03
1. Saluan, Serenata J. 0:20:30
2. Dela Cruz, Mary Anne 0:20:31
3. De Vera, Michelle B. 0:21:43

10-Kilometer Marathon
1. De Asis, Jojit 0:33:53
2. Doliquit, Rafael 0:34:06
3. Lopez, Mendel 0:34:26
1. Mirasol, Lorna 0:37:37
2. Tapit, Divine Grace 0:44:44
3. Mangobang, Kim 0:47:00

15-Kilometer Marathon
1. Quisay, Alley 0:50:54
2. Indapan, Crifran Kreadel 0:51:47
3. Abala, Roque Jr. 0:52:53
1. Gilbuena, Miscelle 0:56:23
2. Vargas, Ana 1:01:35
3. Pasaporte, Judy Joy 1:04:44

21-Kilometer Marathon
1. Sabal, Cresenciano 1:14:31
2. Desamito,Bernardo 1:14:43
3. Dela Cruz, Rio 1:16:16
1. Maquilan, Maricel 1:20:03
2. Torres, Monica 1:33:47
3. Dela Peña, Genevieve 1:34:54

Directors and organizers who made the event possible were PIDM Race Organizer Nelia Cruz Sarcol of CIEan Strategy Group, PIDM Race Director Franco Atienza of CIEan Strategy Group, PIDM Project Manager Lea Osmena Solon of CIEan Strategy Group, and PIDM Secretariat Michelle Loteria.

PIDM 2010 is a project of CIE Global Colleges, Legazpi Village-Makati City, Pres Magsaysay-Cebu City, and CIE World Alumni Association, Inc. in cooperation with Association of Former Flight Attendants of the Philippines (AFFP) Foundation Inc., Bonifacio Global City, and Sta. Ana Homeowners Association, Inc.

This event was in partnership with Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) and was sponsored by Casino Ethyl Alcohol, BusinessWorld, Omega Pro/Pain Killer, and Pocari Sweat.

For more information, do contact 888-0909 or visit the website at

Independence Day Classic and Muscle Car Show

More than 70 classic and muscle cars were showcased last June 12th for the Independence Day Classic and Muscle Car Show organized by Jan Kierulf and Earl Manalansan of Carshow Unlimited.

Car enthusiasts witnessed and were presented with the event highlights which included a showcar competition, car and model photos hoot, V-8 treasure hunt, chilidog and beef patty cake eating contest, video wall film showing of classic and muscle cars, live and DJ music and other entertainment numbers which was made more entertaining by the event’s host and TV personality, Maverick—who is also known as a classic car enthusiast.

The show was joined by one of the most renowned car specialist Alex Car Restoration which features its highly customized Mustang Fastbacks. Other American Muscle cars like Camaros, Chevelles, Corvettes, and Firebirds were also showcased in the said event.

This undisputed successful event was sponsored and supported by Caltex, Pepsi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, American Racing, Hotwheels, AmbiPur, Chrome Dazzler, Grand Prix Hotel, and Wave 89.1.

For more info, contact Mr. Earl Manalansan of Car Shows Unlimited at 0927-560-1330.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Cold Chain Association of the Philippines, Inc. 8th Annual Meeting in Iloilo

Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center in Iloilo City settled the 8th Annual General Membership Meeting and Training Conference of the Cold Chain Association of the Philippines, Inc. (CCAP) held last June 10 to 11, 2010.

The conference carried the theme “Transition Management: Maneuvering in an Era of New Political and International Trade Policies” and highlighted the challenges and opportunities in the food industry as a result of the new directions, policies and programs introduced by the incoming political leadership, as well as the impact of the bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements between the Philippines and other countries such as Asean Free Trade Area and Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement on the local food processing sector.

The conference also provided updates on the latest developments within the various aspects of the cold chain industry, as well as provide insights into new technologies, materials and equipment which may assist in improving operating efficiencies, productivity and quality.

CCAP is a multi-sectoral grouping of companies and other professional organizations in the Philippines with the primary mission to organize the different industry sectors participating in the supply chain of both chilled and/or frozen food products and other groups operating temperature controlled product storage or distribution into a body which represents their individual and collective interests in policy making, standards setting and industry development.

For inquiries, please contact the Office of the CCAP Secretariat at telephone number (632) 641‐5690 or (632) 542‐4482, e-mail at or visit

Sunday, June 13, 2010

SM Green Ride: Bike for a Change

Campaigning for a cleaner, healthier, and greener environment, SM Supermalls organized SM Green Ride: Bike for a Change, held last June 6 at the SM Mall of Asia.

Together with the Firefly Brigade, Business World, Epson, Fitness First, Pocari Sweat, The Rudy Project, Surplus, and Subway, SM Green Ride pooled together bikers from all over the metro for a worthwhile ride around the SM Mall of Asia complex, promoting the allocation of bicycle parking areas in malls and other establishments.

Photo documentation and raffle draws were also included in the day-long program. Prizes were sponsored by SM Supermalls and the sponsors for the event.

For more information, please feel free to contact the following:

Mall of Asia: (632) 556-0580, 556-0655 to 58 (Jeffrey Ocampo)
SM Megamall: (632) 633-5043 to 46
Fitness First: (632) 556-8000 (Mall of Asia); (632) 910-8000 (Megamall)
Rudy Project: (632) 556-0752 (Mall of Asia); (632) 687-2997 (The Podium)
Firefly Brigade: (632) 219-4985 (Ricky Pineda)
Subway: (632) 556-0773 (Mall of Asia); 0922-8750924 (Megamall)

Friday, June 11, 2010

The 18th CebuCon: Construction Show Cebu

Showcasing the latest, topnotch products for the construction industry and introducing an array of environmentally friendly products, the 18th Construction Show Cebu (CebuCon) kicked off last June 4 at the Cebu Trade Hall at SM City Cebu.

Organized by L. A. Ducut and Companies Inc., in full cooperation with Hardwares Consolidated Inc., the 18th CebuCon featured products from Expo Tile and Bath and Home Improvement Center (latest tap models), K-Plast Inc. (Plexiglas for interiors and finishings), Supersonic Manufacturing, Inc. (drainage systems), Megaman (LED lighting fixtures and reflectors), Davies Paints Inc. (water-based acrylic paints suitable for both indoor and outdoor use), Firefly Lighting (emergency and automatic lights), Shera Board Philippines (construction boards), and Riviera Filipina Inc. (roof tiles).

The event was sponsored by AEG Power Tools, Roca, Expo Tile and Bath, Alcordo Advertising, Business World, SunStar Cebu, and Slivers.

For more details, interested parties may contact L. A. Ducut and Companies Inc. at (032) 232-3729, (032) 232-3740, or (032) 231-3172, or mobile numbers 0917-3221019, 0917-8382183, 0917-8973207, or 0917-8420777. You may also send inquiries via email to Visit their website at

Friday, June 4, 2010

Veterinary Practitioners Association of the Philippines 38th Annual Scientific Conference

The latest international standards in veterinary practice will be introduced by respected speakers during the 38th annual scientific conference of the Veterinary Practitioners Association of the Philippines this June 10 – 11, 2010 at the Heritage Hotel Manila in Pasay City.

The event will carry the theme, “Achieving International Standards for Veterinary Practice.” Dr. Tomas Acorda, Professional Regulations Commission Board of Veterinary Medicine will deliver the keynote address. The annual conference is an excellent opportunity for veterinary and related companies to introduce their products and services to veterinary practitioners and update themselves with the latest developments and trends in veterinary practice.

There will be plenary sessions tackling topics such as farm inspection system, animal nutrition, household investigation, standards in disease diagnostics, treatment of animal patients, use of electrocardiography, breeding behavior, among others.

There will also be case presentations and the annual awarding of the Outstanding Practitioners in Companion Animal Practice, Poultry Practice, Swine Practice, Large Animal Practice, Laboratory Animal Practice, Veterinary Practice and Academe, and the prestigious VPAP Grand Award.

On-site registration fee is P4, 000.00 or members and P4, 700.00 for non-members. International participants will be charged $130.00. Convention fee will be inclusive of kits, conference documentations, and lunch and refreshments throughout the two-day affair.

For more information, contact the VPAP secretariat at (632) 926-6603 or email