Saturday, July 31, 2010

ManilArt 10 Contemporary Art Fair

More than sixty of the country's most prestigious art galleries gathered together at the SMX Convention Center Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila via ManilArt '10 last July 30 to August 1 and staged what promises to be the Philippines' biggest art fair.

Now on its second year, ManilArt aimed to paint a broad mosaic of the Philippines' visual arts landscape by showcasing a wider spectrum of creative works, ranging from paintings and sculptures by up and coming artists to rare masterpieces by esteemed national artists.

The annual art event was also aimed to make Philippine art more accessible to the general public. Serious art collectors and ordinary art lovers are in for a visual treat as the country's major art houses put their collections of the best in contemporary art on view.

The list of returning exhibitors for ManilArt '10 included 1/Of Gallery, Art Asia, Art Circle, Art Informal, Art Verite, Artes Orientes, Artis Corpus, Blanc Gallery, Boston Gallery, Choice Expression, Finale Art File, Galerie Astra, Galerie Francesca, Galerie Joaquin, Galerie Raphael, Galerie Stephanie, Galerie Y, Galerie Duemila, Galleria Nicolas, Galleria Quattrocento, Gallery BIG, Gallery Genesis, Gallery Nine, Kaida Gallery, Kulay Diwa, Manila Contemporary, Pablo Gallery, Paseo Gallery, Phinma, Renaissance Art Gallery, Ricco Renzo Galleries, Silverlens, Tam-awan Village, Village Art Gallery, and Whitewall Gallery.

On the other hand, new exhibitors that joined the event were 19B, Art For Space, Art Kratochwill, Britania Art Projects, Cebu Art Group, Circa Gallery, Galerie Anna, Galerie One Workshop, Gallery Medusa, Gallery Leon, Gallery of Davao, Gallery Orange, Gresytone Gallery, Mendez Big & Small Art Co., Nova Gallery, Tala Gallery, Talambong Gallery, The Drawing Room, and West Gallery.

ManilArt '10 is a project of the Bonafide Art Galleries Organization (BAGO) and co-sponsored by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts and the Department of Tourism.

For inquiries, contact BAGO at (632) 531-6231 or (0917) 851-1333, email or visit

CREBA Visayas Regional Real Estate and Housing Conference

The Chamber of Real Estate & Builders’ Associations, Inc. (CREBA) held its First Regional Real Estate & Housing Conference in Visayas at the Casino EspaƱol de Cebu, Ranudo Street, Cebu City last July 31, 2010. This event was announced by Florentino S. Dulalia Jr., National President of CREBA, and Julius G. Topacio, Vice-President for chapter affairs.

The event was organized by regional vice-president for Visayas, Dennis G. Jalbuena as conference chairman and hosted by the CREBA-Cebu Chapter led by Herbert Buot, chapter president.

CREBA is the Philippine umbrella organization of professionals and entities engaged in real estate and housing development, tourism facilities, building and construction, technical consultancy, marketing and other related services. With its advocacy programs and initiatives, it has become government’s strongest ally in pursuing a truly rational and affordable national housing program.

This Visayas Conference was the second of a series of four conferences all over the country designed to address the specific concerns of businessmen and other professionals on issues and trends that directly impact real estate and housing, as well as its allied industries and professions.

The one-day confab will highlight the opportunities, implications, licensing and examinations under the new Real Estate Service Act (RESA), signed into law in June 2009 in order to further professionalize the practice of real estate brokerage and marketing, appraisal and consultancy in the Philippines.

The conference is accredited under the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) program for real estate practitioners.

For further information, you may contact CREBA at 373-2270 to 75 (Manila) or (032) 344-5756; 345-4228; 344-3904 (Cebu). Emails may be sent to or Visit their website at

18th Metro Manila Business Conference

The 18th Metro Manila Business Conference (MMBC) was held last July 30, 2010 at the Manila Hotel. Anchored on the theme “One.Global.Filipino.: On the Road to Economic Recovery”, the 18th MMBC reflected the buoyant hopes of businessmen amidst the lingering uncertainties in the global economy and highlighted issues that affect business in the metropolis, among them public-private partnership, energy sufficiency, the status of free trade agreements, disaster preparedness, and environmental protection as a corporate concern.

Vice President Jejomar Binay was the conference Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker. Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs) Director Renato Solidum, Department of Trade and Industries Usec. Zenaida Maglaya, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries President Ambassador Francis Chua, and ABS-CBN Foundation Chairman Regina Lopez were among the prestigious roster of conference speakers, along with PCCI President Amb. Francis Chua.

VP Tony Keh in his welcome remarks said that the conference was a good venue for both government and private sector to interact and reinforce to decisively deal with the present economic situation in Metro Manila and the country as well.

The conference was capped with the event Gala Night at which was co-hosted by PLDT SME Nation. Relaxed setting, dancing and exciting prizes were raffled off.

The conference was hosted by the PCCI NCR – North Sector, composed of four local chambers namely: Caloocan, Malabon, Greater Valenzuela and Greater Malabon, headed by PCCI Vice President for NCR and Conference Chairman Antonio C. Keh and Regional Governor and Co-Chairman Danilo A. Sanchez.

The annual Metro Manila Business Conference is organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Metro Manila Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MMCCI) is an annual gathering of the fourteen (14) PCCI local chambers members in Metro Manila, government officials and other stakeholders for the discussion and resolution of issues and concerns affecting Metro Manila.

For more information, contact the PCCI at (632)896-4549, fax (632)899-1727, e-mail, or visit their website at

Philippine Society of Sanitary Engineers, Inc. 2010 Midyear National Convention

Proper sanitation is one of the keys to healthy living environments and lifestyles.

Focused on the theme “Working Together Towards a Clean, Safe, and Healthy Environment,” the Philippine Society of Sanitary Engineers, Inc. launched their 2010 Midyear National Convention last July 29–31 at the Hotel Stotsenberg in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

Lined up in the series of lectures/seminars were general subjects subdivided into specific topics: (1) Solid Waste Management (Updates on Health Care Management, Design Considerations of a Sanitary Landfills, and Updates on the Implementation of RA 9003); (2) Public Health Engineering (Water Safety Plans, The National Sustainable Sanitation Program, Household Water Treatment, and Floating Toilet); (3) Water and Wastewater Engineering (The National Sewerage and Sanitation Program, Septage Management Program, and Updates in Local Water Supply); and (4) Innovation and Updates in Building Systems, Fire Protection and the Green Building Technology.

For details and inquiries, please contact the secretariat at (632) 434-0591, email or log on to the website You may also contact the convention chairman Engr. Ramil Gutierrez (convention chairman) at 0922-5621357, Engr. Noel Yumol (co-chairman) at 0922-8936988, or Engr. Ascencion Forte Jr. (national president) at 0915-4118560.

Fifth International Tourism and Trade Expo and the First Philippine Culinary Tourism Expo

The tourism trade has been on a steady rise in recent years and alongside it, culinary arts industry has been continuously acquiring a significant audience.

Combining these two industries together, Mediaworx International Inc. organized and conducted the Fifth International Tourism and Trade Expo and the First Philippine Culinary Tourism Expo at the Megatrade Hall last July 23–25.

Among the sponsors and exhibitors who featured their products and services in the event were the Center for Culinary Arts, Maxim Cookware, Silver Swan, Gourdo’s, Bobbie Nail Care, Del Monte, Tropezz House of Catering, GSM Blue, Mama Sita’s Mixes, Dental First, Slimmers World, David’s Salon, John Robert Powers, and Wow Videoke.

Media partners included The Philippine Daily Inquirer Lifestyle Section, F&B World, 99.5 RT, Jam 88.3, Wave 89.1, Max FM, Magic 89.9, E-Yellow Pages, and Islands and Favors.

For more information on this double event, please contact Mediaworx at telephone numbers 687-4312, 687-4906, or 687-2456, email or visit their website at

Cebu Food Expo 2010 and “Cebu Goes Culinary ‘10” held back-to-back

The Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu Inc. (HRRACI) and Global-Link MP Events International Inc. (GMP) held “Cebu Goes Culinary 2010” food event back-to-back with the Cebu Food Expo 2010 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino last July 22 to 25, 2010. The food event had a theme 21st Century Cooking: Balancing Flavors & Sustainability.

The Cebu Goes Culinary and the Cebu Food Expo are known to be the region’s premier food and hospitality event in the culinary industry. The Cebu Goes Culinary was attended by professionals and students can show their talent and creativity through different competitions while the Cebu Food Expo brought over 90 exhibitors in the Food & Beverage, Bakery Equipment & Ingredients, Confectionery, Packaging and Processing Technology, Franchising & Business Opportunities together and attracted over 5,000 serious trade buyers and 200 exhibitors representing products from all over the world including Australia, China, Denmark, France, Germany, HongKong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, United States and the Philippines.

Cebu Goes Culinary was also creatively highlighted by the Display Class, Visayas Chef Wars, and Quest for the Best Competition that featured Photolicious, a food photography contest open to professional and amateur photographers nationwide, a Menu Writing & Design contest, and a Quiz Bee open to all HRM students.

These back-to-back events were made possible by the partnering teams Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu Inc. and Global-Link MP Events International Inc.

For further information, contact HRRACI at tel. nos. (032) 232-5101 or 232-6888 local 8944, e-mail at or visit the web site at Contact Global-link MP Events International Inc. at tel. (032) 750-8588, fax at (632) 750-8588 or e-mail at

HR3 Summit a Complete Success

Powermax Consulting Group, in cooperation with the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Job Market, proudly launched the HR Summit 3-Innovations in Recruitment and Talent Management last July 29-30 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria with the theme "Innovations in Recruitment and Talent Management".

Among the highlights of the discussions were interesting topics like the Social Media as Platform for Talent Acquisition, the Behavioral Interviewing, EQ for Recruiters, Updates in Employee Discipline and Dismissal, Talent Alignment with Company Vision/Mission, Professional Presence for Recruiters, Taking Charge of Your Development, Recruitment Metrics, Leadership that Complex Loyalty, Promoting Your Company as Employer of Choice, Evolving Values Affecting Employee, Behavior in Organization, Culture Building Training for SMEs, Talent Management in the Career Service, Kapwa Management: Model for Performance Excellence, and Employee Development and Career Planning.

Speakers of the said event that gave life to the interesting topics were: Atty. Manny Quiambao from Jose Rizal University; Mr. Nonong Noriega III from PLDT; Mr. Jesse Rebustillo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer; Mr. Hans Montenegro from North Gate Arinso; Mr. Gerardo Cabochan of Pandayan; Dr. Patrick Alain Azanza from WinSource Solutions; Ms. Maria Anthonette Allones from Career Executive Service Board; Mr. Pido Aguilar of Abundance Training; Ms. Ofel Orcalles of Micro Ingram; and Ms. Pat Pascua of Toastmasters International.

This very successful event was supported by Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resorts, DinsmorPromo, UK Derm Pharma, Friendster, the Business Mirror, Jam 88.3, theradiopartnersinc., Wave 89.1, Magic 89.9, 103.5 Max FM, and 99.5 RT.

For more info, call Powermax Consulting Group at (632) 470-10-54 to 55, email or visit

Philippine Real Estate Festival 2010 Grand Exhibit

The 2010 Philippine Real Estate Festival was held last July 29 to 31 at the World Trade Center, carrying the theme "Global Tourism and Real Estate Development - Sunrise Industries for the Philippine Economy."

The Philippine Real Estate Festival (PREF) heeds the call for a showcase of the best real estate properties to invest in as it rallies more than a thousand of the country's biggest and most trusted real estate companies and projects, finance institutions, suppliers, contractors and professionals from all over the country. Moreover, this festival also aims to provide an opportunity and venue for all significant players in real estate and tourism in the Philippines and its global partners and allies to exchange ideas and experiences in the growth and development of real estate and tourism in their respective economies.

Among the participants in the said event were fund providers, managers and investors from the Asean region and international groups, foreign Chamber of Commerce and Industry, business practitioners in the fields of real estate, housing and tourism, professional and trade or industry associations that support the real estate, housing, and tourism industries, government entities, both national and local, whose mandates and spheres of influence affect the growth and development of real estate, housing, and tourism, financing institutions, development corporations, BPO companies, hoteliers and resort operators, travel and tour operators, non-government organizations, schools, and training institutions that aim to develop a critical mass of workers all over the country in globalized tourism and real estate development and management.

The event's keynote address was delivered by his Excellency Benigno C. Aquino III, President of the Philippines. Among the other speakers were: Atty. Karlo Marco P. Estavillo, Vice President of San Miguel Corporation & General Manager of San Miguel Properties; Mr. Iliac Diaz, Founder of My Shelter Foundation; Mr. Antonio Meloto, Founder of Gawad- Kalinga; Atty. Alex Lacson, Organizer of Tuloy Pnoy Movement; and CNN 2009 Hero of the Year, Mr. Efren Penaflorida.

The successful festival was supported by the Department of Tourism, HCG, La Loma Columbaries, Garden of Gethsemane, PAG-IBIG Fund, PSBank, ACSAT, ABS-CBN, Manila Bulletin, PhilippineRealty TV, the Philippine Star, and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

For more info, call (632) 864-0024, 819-2058, 510-3833, 692-0114, email, or visit

Dine Philippines 2010: The Food Business Conference of Today's Dining Establishments

It is undeniable that Filipinos love to eat. From Batanes to Jolo, you will experience not hundreds and hundreds of different dishes, with different variations to suit everyone's palate.

In celebration of this wonderful blend of flavors and tastes, Courage Asia and Global Link MP produced and organized Dine Philippines 2010: The Food Business Conference of Today's Dining Establishments last July 24 at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City.

Conference speakers for the flavor-filled event were Chef Bruce Lim, host of the program Tablescapes in the Asian Food Channel (Asian inspired menus); Chef Amir Gan, technical consultant for Meat and Livestock Australia (managing kitchen costs by ingredient substitution); Chef Wade Watson, executive chef of the Abaca Resort and Mayo Restaurant (local and global menus); Architect Gene Go, managing director of GSN+P Architecture Studio (save on restaurant design and construction); Mr. Danny Pumarega, president of Foodsense Solutions Commissary (outsourcing kitchen production and choosing the commissary for kitchen needs); Ms. Bel Castro, gastronomy expert and faculty member of Enderun Colleges and Center for Asian Culinary Studies (customer service excellence); and Mr. Steve Benitez, president of Bo's Coffee (taking home-grown concepts to reality).

Dine Philippines 2010 was held in cooperation with Waterfront Cebu, The Freeman, Sun Star Cebu, Sarangani Bay, San Remo, Tabasco, Clara Ole, RHi,, and Alcordo Advertising.

For registration inquiries and general information, you may call the following numbers:
Manila: Telephone number (02) 710-0550; Fax number (02) 727-2057; Mobile numbers 0917-8538037 or 0922-8676368; or email
Cebu: Telephone numbers (032) 232-5101 or (032) 232-6888 loc. 8944 or mobile number 0927-7334829.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Reducing Risks and Disasters Forum

September 26 last year, the Philippines experienced a staggering amount of rain – more than 20 years of combined rainfall that submerged a large part of Metro Manila as Tropical Storm Ondoy damaged billions worth of properties and businesses, dislodged common people and celebrities from their homes, and took the lives of unfortunate victims. Most were caught unaware and even more were clueless on what to do when calamity strikes.

Almost a year later, parts of the country are still reeling from the after effects. To better equip the public against the dangers of typhoons and floods, a panel of experts from the University of the Philippines, PAG-ASA, and the Department of Agriculture, organized and held a forum entitled “Reducing Risks and Disasters due to Rainfall Variability: Protecting Life, Food, and Property from Flood and Drought.”

The forum was held last July 29 at the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Auditorium at UP Diliman. Focusing on courses of action that could possible reduce the effects of rainfall variability on life, food, and property, the forum discussed three water-related subjects: Water-Related Hazards in the Philippines, Food Supply Vulnerability to Water-Related Hazards, and Institutional Course of Action to Reduce Water-Related Risks and Disasters.

For more information, contact the Department of Agriculture at (0632) 928-8741 to 65, email or visit

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Philippine Investment and Governance Conference 2010

Transparency International Philippines in cooperation with the Southeast Asian Parliamentarians Against Corruption (SEA-PAC), Grieg Shipping Group, and Business World presents the Philippine Investment and Governance Conference last July 22 at the Philippine International Convention Center.

Transparency International Philippines is a non-profit, politically non-partisan, non-governmental organization dedicated to increasing government accountability and curbing both international and national corruption. TI-Philippine Chapter is one of the over 90 National Chapters of Transparency International with Main Office in Berlin (Germany).

The conference featured forum on reforms in governance and business covering a wide-range of topics which include Judicial and Legal Reform Perspective, Constitutional Landscape of Public Service, Political Overviews, Economic Situation, Land Registration Authority, Transportation and Communication, and Up-scaling Business Opportunities.

Keynote speaker Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales of the Supreme Court of the Philippines shared her expertise in these fields together with other speakers: Secretary Leila de Lima of the Department of Justice, Atty. Raul Pangalangan of the UP College of Law, Dr. Benjamin Diokno, UP School of Economics, and Atty. Cirilo Noel of SGV & Co.

For more information, contact the Transparency International - Manila at (632) 871-9752, fax (632) 527-0573, or visit

Sunday, July 25, 2010

16th World Forum of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools World Forum

The Ateneo de Manila University hosted the 16th World Forum of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools World Forum which was dubbed with the theme Educating Champions of Sustainable Development: Best Practices of our Business Schools. The event was held last July 18 to 20, 2010.

Some highlights of the Forum were a plenary presentation on the UN Global Compact on the Principles for Responsible Management Education, plenary presentation on two panels on University-based initiatives for Sustainable Development: one focusing on Socio-economic initiatives, and another focusing on the Environment, and panel on developing a Values-Based business curriculum.

An AACSB Accreditation Workshop, lead by a panel of Deans and AACSB accreditors who talked about the benefits of accreditation and the steps to take to prepare schools for accreditation, and a Jesuit Alumni Networking Cocktail, a networking event for Philippine-based alumni of Jesuit business schools outside the Philippines, were also held in the said event.

For more details, contact the Ateno de Manila University at (+632)426-6001 or e-mail

CMAP Run to Read Race

The Circulation Management Association of the Philippines (CMAP) “Run to Read” race staged at the National Library Grounds in Manila at 6:30 in the morning last July 18, 2010.

Three out-and-back races—3K, 5K and 10K—were lined up in the event aimed at drumming up interest in the reading awareness program of the CMAP, its president, Edwin Sacramed of the Philippine Daily Inquirer said in Tuesday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s UN Avenue.

Registration for the event, backed by Coca-, PAGCOR and the Newspaper, Magazine and Comics Dealers Association of the Philippines, happened last July 8 to 16 at the circulation departments of Abante/Abante Tonite, Manila Bulletin, Inquirer and Bulgar and the Manila Sports Council at the City Hall.

“CMAP chose running as a vehicle or instrument in promoting readership aside from its physical fitness benefit because we believe that running is attractive for all ages, gender, profession, individual or any group,” CMAP Vice President Marcelino Minor of Abante also said at the forum sponsored by Outlast Battery, PAGCOR, Accel, And Shakey’s Pizza.

CMAP is a group of dynamic executives whose experiences are centered on sales, marketing strategies and circulation management, resulting into a unified and collective voice to address the publications and the industry’s needs in the effective distribution of printed news and information. Through CMAP, we will keep all members strong and complete to contribute to the economic development of the country.

For more information, email CMAP at or visit their website at

Franchise 2010 at the SMX Convention Center

The Philippine Franchise Association, in cooperation with PLDT Business Solutions and PLDT SMEnation, presented the 18th Philippine International Franchise Conference and Expo last July 12-13 at the AIM Conference Center and July 14-15, July 16-18 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

Supported by the Asia Pacific Franchise Confederation and the World Franchise Council, the Expo and Conference features talks and discussion which include the Innovative Leadership in Today's Business, Global/National Economic and Business Outlook, the Top 10 Consumer Trends, Indentifying International Market Opportunities, Greening Up Your Business, and a lot more.

Moreover, it also tackled Business Solution Roundtables topics that include the Franchisor's Track from getting the New and Emerging to having a Mature business on the second day.

The event will never be a complete a success without the support the help of its sponsors: The Generics Pharmacy, Monterey Meatshop, Bodega Site, QualiPlus International, Max's Restaurant, 7-Eleven, Goldilocks, FranCorp, Mister Donut, PR Gaz, Sea Oil, BPI Family Ka-Negosyo, BDO, Jollibee, Red Ribbon, Chow King, Selecta, Greenwich, IBM, Blue Water Bay Spa, and Montanara. Also with the support of the event's media partners GMA-7, the Philippine Star, Business Mirror, Manila Bulletin, Business World, Entrepreneur, Panay News, Mellow 94., RJ 100, NU 107, Global Integrated Media Ltd, with Mall Partners SM Supermalls1, Ayala Malls, Robinson's Mall, Araneta Center, and Shangri-La Plaza.

The Philippine Franchise Association can be contacted through (02) 6870365 to 67, 0917-8320732,, and, the organizer of the event, Global Link MP Events International Inc., can be reached through (02) 7308588 or

Friday, July 23, 2010

6th National Convention of Fisherfolks in Baguio City

The 6th National Convention of Fisherfolks was held in the beautiful mountain resort of Baguio city last June 4, 2010.

The convention focuses on discussing the current issues in the industry.  Specifically noted that the lucrative fishing industry still has a bright future in helping perk up the economic growth due to the availability of vast water resources which could be tapped for commercial fish production even at the height of the El Nino phenomenon or prolonged dry spell.

According to Gil Adora, Assistant Director for Technical Services of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), while rivers and lake are drying up due to the serious negative effects of the onslaught of El Nino in the country, the trend that must be adopted by the fisherfolks is to develop fish production areas in the vast track of salt waters in different parts of the country in order to sustain fish self-sufficiency in the coming years.

Moreover, Adora asserted that despite natural calamities, the country's fishing industry still has bright future and it should be tapped and supported by concerned agencies so that it will also make a difference in the country's economic growth. Official figure shows that the Philippines is the eighth top fish producer in the world with its coastline length of about 36,289 kilometers.

For more information, contact Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources at (632) 929-9597, 929-8074, email or visit

Thursday, July 22, 2010

18th Defense and Sporting Show 2010

The Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers of the Philippines Inc. in cooperation with the Philippine National Police, Civil Security Group, Firearms and Explosives Division, Eastern Police District, Mandaluyong City Police Station, Philippine Practical Shooting Association, National Range Officers Institute, Philippine National Shooting Association, and Steel Challenge Shooting Association Philippines presents the 18th Defense and Sporting Show last July 15-19 at the Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall.

Carrying the theme, “Gun Ownership: A lifetime responsibility”, the event showcased free seminars on Gun Safety and Responsible Gun Ownership, Gun Maintenance Workshop, Legal Aspect of Gun Ownership, The Future in Sport Shooting, Olympic Shooting Sport: An Intro, Starting the Airsoft Hobby, Filipino Martial Arts, Arnis Applications, Street Smart, and Street Safety.

Aside from support given by some organizations, the arms show was also supported by the Philippine Star,, Manila Bulletin, The Daily Tribune, People’s Journal, DZRH, Dream 106.7, DZIQ , Magic 89.9, 97.9 Home Radio, NU 107, 105.1 Crossover, and Taytan International Corporation.

For more information, contact the Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers of the Philippines Inc. (AFAD) at (632) 414-3062, email or visit

9th LCF Corporate Social Responsibility Expo 2010

The League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) held its 9th LCF Corporate Social Responsibility Expo as part of its celebration for the National CSR Week and also as a venue for the business community to reaffirm its commitment to a sustainable future last July 14-15, 2010 at the SMX Convention Center.

With this year's theme, "Synergizing for Change", LCF hopes to enable private and public sector collaboration in putting forward a common agenda and framework for action that could make a significant and lasting impact on society.

The conference featured plenary and breakout sessions on special topics, including Building a Culture of Change, Public-Private Partnerships, Asian Values, Global Standards on CSR, CSR and Social Networking, Measuring Social Impact,and The Journey to Sustainability. Moreover, to show its commitment to environmental sustainability, LCF is undertaking LCF CSR Expo 2010 as a green conference.

Keynote speaker is his Excellency President Benigno Aquino III. Among other speakers were: United States Ambassador to the Philippines Amb. Harry K. Thomas, Jr.; Mr. Arsenio Balisacan, PhD, Professor, School of Economics, University of the Philippines Diliman and President, Asia-Pacific Policy Center; Mr. Dennis Mapa, PhD , Professor and Director for Research, School of Statistics, University of the Philippines Diliman; Hon. Corazon Soliman, Secretary, Department of Social Welfare and Development; Milwida Guevara, PhD; Prof. Raphael Lotilla , Regional Programme Director, Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia; Mr. Jose Mari Mercado, Director for Business Development, Convergys Corporation; and Ms. Pacita Juan, President, Philippine Coffee Board, Inc. and Marketing Director, ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle.

This expo's steering committee Chairperson is Mr. Edgardo Amistad (UCPB-CIIF Foundation), who worked hand-in-hand with his Co-Chair, Maria Cecilia Alcantara (Coca-Cola Foundation), and Project Director, Mr. Jerry Bernas (League of Corporate Foundations).

For more information, contact the League of Corporate Foundations at (632) 892.9189 or visit

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

1st Philippine Chocolate and Ice Cream Show

Business Meetings Tradeshows & Events Solutions, Inc in partnership with Pastry Alliance of the Philippines launched the 1st Philippine Chocolate and Ice Cream Show in conjunction with Hotel-Hostel & Restaurant Expo Philippines last July 14-16 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

The sweetest show in the country is 3-day event that showcased a wide array of chocolate exhibits and presentations with competitions and prices at stake. Aside from those, Ms. Susana F. Edilo of Equilibrium Intertrade Corporation shared some of her expertise and insights on the Coffee Business Seminar on the first day of the event. The second day of the event highlighted a tasty competition of deserts tagged as Plated Dessert Wars. The third day marked the awarding of the winners of the competition.

Media partners of the successful event were: Business World,, and DZAR 102.6. Moreover, this very successful sweet show was sponsored and partnered with F&B World, Actron, Callebaut, Bakersfield, Corman Professional, PFESCORP, Magnolia, Great Food, Magnolia Gold Butter, San Miguel Mills, Delish, Tamayo’s Catering, King Sue, Max Ideas Marketing Corporation, Salem, Synergy, Sweetlink, ZenAsia, and International School for Culinary Arts and Hotel Management.

For more information, contact the Business Meetings Tradeshows & Events Solutions, Inc. (BMT) at (632) 328-8876 or 78, 307-8876 or 78, fax (632)328-8878, 307-8878, email or visit

The First Philippine Energy Efficiency Forum

One of the driving forces for a better productivity is the proper management and ensuring the efficiency of energy sources. Energy efficiency not only spells more revenue but also a better and healthier environment.

This ideal situation fueled the first ever Philippine Energy Efficiency Forum (PEEF), conducted by the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza last July 14.

With the theme "Enhancing Competitiveness through Energy Efficiency," the forum brought together advocates of energy efficiency from both the private sector and the government, including representatives from the Department of Energy (DOE).

The ECCP said the PEEF would hopefully enlist the commitment of the participants to implement energy efficiency programs at the enterprise level. Concerned not only on generating more income, but also on reducing the carbon footprint to help stop the deterioration of the environment, the one-day forum was also geared toward building alliances among government institutions, private companies, and environmental organizations. The event also featured a "Technology Showcase" that presented the latest, cutting edge technologies and practices in the continuing crusade for energy efficiency.

Participants to the PEEF also included executives from appliance, electronic, and equipment industries, building manufacturers and suppliers, and electricity, gas, oil, and automotive industries. Also present were leaders and officials from the academe, financial institutions, foreign embassies, and trade organizations.

The PEEF was sponsored by Philips Electronic and Lighting, First Gen Corp., Manila Electric Co., Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., and Schneider Electric Philippines.

For further inquiries you may contact Jasmin Runez at 845-1324 or email Go to for more details.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Philippine Pediatric Dental Society 7th Biennial Conference

In line with this primary objective - to make the Philippine dental industry stronger, the Philippine Pediatric Dental Society Inc. (PPDSI) recently concluded the seventh biennial conference of the PDAA at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The theme of the conference was “Strengthening the Ties that Bind Pediatric Oral Care.”

Conducted last July 7 and 8, the PPDSI played host to dentists from all over the world, who came to the convention for the latest updates and trends on all fields concerning pediatric dentistry. World-renowned speakers and lecturers have been invited to grace the event, including Prof. Monty Duggal from the Leeds Dental Institute in the United Kingdom, who discussed the restoration for children’s teeth, including minimal intervention, pulp therapy, and endodontics.

A $350 convention fee was charged for participants, but local dentists were only requested to pay Php8000.

Registration may be made at You may also send inquiries via email at

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Corporate Giveaways 2010

The 23rd Annual Buyers’ Show on Business Gifts, Premiums, Promotional Ideas, and Merchandise Incentives, or simply Corporate Giveaways 2010 was held last July 7-9 at the A Venue Events hall, Antel Lifestyle City in Makati. This event is said to be the country’s premier giveaways exhibit.

The country’s premier giveaways exhibit featured Top Management and Decision Makers from different locations around the country bringing buyers and sellers in the last 20 years. The event also featured the Corporate Solutions 2010’s 7th Trade Exhibit on Marketing Support Services, Business Solutions, Office Equipment, Supplies and Uniforms, and F&B Gifts Lane which showcased samples of year-round Food and Beverage Gift Options.

All under one roof, the three events bring together professionals, entrepreneurs and executives involved in purchasing, market research and development, advertising and promotions, public relations and communications, events and brand management, customer relations, e-commerce, sales and marketing, business development, and human resources.

This successful event is a project of World Expos and Concepts Inc. in cooperation with event partners Chase Technologies Corporation, SignMedia, VCargo Worldwide, and supportive media partners and Business World.

For more information, contact World Expos and Concepts Inc., at (632) 855-8342 to 44 or