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4ID celebrates Rizal Day with LGU, stakeholders in Cagayan de Oro City

January 7, 2020

The 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division Philippine Army joins the whole nation in the commemoration of  123rd Rizal Day with the theme, “Jose Rizal: Huwaran ng Pilipino sa Ikadalawampu’t Isang Siglo."      Around 120 diamond troopers composed of honor guards, firing party, marching band, security elements, general and special staffs led by Colonel Noel Z Plaza, 4ID Assistant Division Commander for Reservist and Retirees Affairs,  assembled in the Heroes Monument, Plaza Divisoria, this city as early as 5:00 a.m.      The activity started with the sounding of sirens followed by a formal program highlighting the raising of the Philippine flag with full military honors and mass wreath-laying participated by various agencies and sectors headed by City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno and Colonel Plaza as the military host.       In his message, Mayor Moreno reminded everyone of the sacrifices of Dr. Jose Rizal and that freedom is earned. “Let the memories of our heroes inspired us to do our task and fulfill our mandate to deliver a better community, a better Mindanao. Let us continue our teamwork, unity despite the diversity and to strive more for the next generation,: he said.      MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, 4ID Commander said, “On the commemoration of 123rd Rizal Day celebration, let us be reminded of the courage, commitment, and patriotism of Dr. Jose Rizal who fought for our freedom through peaceful means."      Let this be a fitting reminder to everyone to preserve our freedom against CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNTs) and other unscrupulous organizations that wants to destroy democracy and deterrent to peaceful and develop communities. I urge everyone to do your share for us to attain lasting peace and sustainable development in Regions 10 and Caraga," Gacal further said.      The Rizal Day is celebrated every December 30 as the anniversary of Rizal's 1896 execution at Bagumbayan, at present the Rizal Park in Manila. It is declared a national holiday in commemorating the life and works of Dr. Jose Rizal as the national hero of our country. (4ID, PA)

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Honda Unveils 600th 3S Shop in the Philippines

January 7, 2020

Tarlac City, Philippines; January  2020– Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI), the number one motorcycle manufacturer in the country, strengthened its presence again as it officially unveiled its 600th Honda 3S (Sales, Service & Spare Parts) Shop in the Philippines recently in San Sebastian, Tarlac City.      Honda Philippines’ 600th 3S shop provides motorists a one-stop-shop featuring high quality Honda Motorcycle units with advance technologies, best service facilities, well trained mechanics and genuine spare parts that will surely cater total consumer satisfaction.      The grand opening is led by Mr. Susumu Mitsuishi-HPI’s President and Mr. Kensuke Masuda - Assistant Vice President together with valued dealer partner, Powercycle Inc. headed by  Atty. Juanita “Neng” Sy - President of Powercycle Inc. and Managing Director Nonoy Siycha.      Main highlights of the opening was the awarding of the 600th branch recognition plaque and turnover of wall maker. In addition, Honda’s 600th branch conduct fun games and activities such as raffles, test ride activities, and overflowing freebies. Discounts  of Php600 for down payments, free helmet, and LTO registration, as well as various motorcycle peripherals.      “At Honda, we have always been committed to providing the best of what we can offer. Our 600th 3S shop is a testament to our continued commitment for excellence, as well as the loyalty entrusted to us by our Filipino customers. With this new shop, more motorists can now access Honda's best products and services, close at hand,” said Mitsuishi.      The opening of the 600th 3S is in line with Honda’s ONE DREAM campaign, which aims to make Honda Motorcycles serve as tools in achieving one’s dream and, to unite all Filipinos through meaningful projects and activities.      To know more, please follow Honda Philippines, Inc.’s Facebook page and Instagram account at @hondaph_mc.

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Catriona finds ways to reach greater heights

January 7, 2020

It's been months since Catriona Gray gloriously walked away with the Miss Universe title, but her road to success was very different from the other winners from the Philippines.      According to Catriona, she was aiming for the pageant's crown for reasons beyond mere personal ambition. Rather, she wanted the Miss Universe title so she could use it as a platform to boost her advocacies and causes, to give back to the community.      Throughout her journey, she showed how different she was, starting with signing up as an independent candidate for Binibining Pilipinas. She also formed her own pageant team, handpicking her own designers, mentors and stylists.      Along the way, Catriona had her share of naysayers and haters. She faced the grueling physical challenges of perfecting her walk and dealing with psychological pressure of carrying the hopes of over 100 million Filipinos during the pageant. This is the reason why it was such sweet triumph when she finally won the Miss Universe 2018 title.      Many Filipinos, especially millennials, draw inspiration from Catriona's story of never giving up and finding new ways to reach her ultimate goal of being a beauty queen. Like her, they strive hard and seek innovation to achieve their goals and aspirations. "Many felt so 'personally invested' in my journey because they saw themselves in me, as I put myself out there," Catriona shared.      "I wanted to share my journey, including the trials, the risk of joining the pageant, the motivation (which is my charity work), the people who helped me along the way, along with the failures, too," she continued.      In chasing her own dreams, whether for a modelling career or for furthering her advocacies, Catriona looked for people, teams and organizations that could help her do just that.      "I choose my partners very carefully. For instance in the case of money matters, I chose to go with my most trusted bank, BDO. Their recent 'Find Your Way' campaign is deeply personal for me, and I am so honored that BDO saw my journey as a way of inspiring other people," she shared.      "I've had several financial conversations with BDO officers and I am so impressed by their depth of knowledge and am using that to help me achieve my unique goals," Catriona said.      "My dreams will continue to evolve! I would love to see myself pursuing music as a performer and recording artist with the goal of having my own songs and doing benefit tours. Also, I plan on pursuing business that has a community contribution," the beauty queen added.      "I want to be known as a purposeful queen – to represent a person that not only strives for success, but realizes the responsibility of helping others achieve it also."

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Cimatu: DENR is more determined than ever to restore Manila Bay

January 7, 2020

Rehabilitating a heavily polluted water body is proving to be an extremely difficult task, but the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) under the leadership of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu is more determined than ever to win the so-called “Battle for Manila Bay.”      Cimatu, who chairs the Manila Bay Task Force (MBTF), said that much has been achieved since the Manila Bay rehabilitation kicked off in January this year, but more needs to be done to achieve the ultimate goal of making it fit again for swimming and other forms of contact recreation.      “Our effort to restore Manila Bay is now in full swing and we hope to sustain the momentum of restoring it to its former glory in the coming years,” Cimatu said, noting that the Manila Bay rehabilitation will remain a top priority of the government until 2022.      According to Cimatu, the rehabilitation is currently in its first phase, which is the cleanup and water quality monitoring. The next two phases will be relocation and rehabilitation, and education, protection and sustainment.      As of September 26, the DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau and the Laguna Lake Development Authority inspected 9,708 commercial establishments around Manila Bay. Of this number, 2,478 were issued notices of violations and 107 were slapped with cease and desist orders.      Since the rehabilitation started in January, close to 70,000 volunteers from the National Capital Region, Central Luzon and CALABARZON have collected over 2.3 million kilograms of wastes through cleanups, trash boats and garbage traps.      A total of 70 stations were monitored in the Manila Bay region—31 bathing beaches, 18 river mouths, 16 drainage outfalls and five rivers.      The MBTF has identified 44,125 informal settler families living within the Manila Bay region. While relocation will still be carried out in the second phase of rehabilitation, 51 families—specifically situated along Estero de San Antonio de Abad—were already relocated to Tala, Caloocan City.      In line with this, 547 kilometers of easements have been delineated in NCR and Central Luzon.      To improve the ecosystem in the area, the DENR led the planting of native and fruit-bearing tree seedlings and mangrove propagules.      The agency also intensified its information and education campaign (IEC) on the importance of rehabilitating Manila Bay by conducting over 120 seminars, trainings, and activities participated in by more than 8,100 individuals.      The DENR also came out with 3,574 printed materials, such as on the ongoing rehabilitation, as well as nine information campaigns and 43 updates posted on various social media platforms.      Cimatu said the interventions related to IEC will further increase as the rehabilitation progresses. “We hope that communities will imbibe the knowledge that was handed to them in ensuring the cleanliness in areas they live in,” he said.      The DENR also reactivated its coordination with 12 other government agencies covered by the 2008 Supreme Court continuing mandamus for the cleanup, rehabilitation and preservation of Manila Bay.

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USTP ALUMNI COMES HOME TO CELEBRAR!

January 6, 2020

The institution may have changed names over the years but the fact remains - her dear alumni never forget to come home.      On December 27, 2019, the University of Science & Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) Cagayan de Oro Campus warmly opened its doors to the alumni from various batches for a night of merrymaking, reconnecting and paying tributes to the feats of its former students.      The Dr. Ricardo Rotoras Hall of USTP became abuzz as the alumni flocked to the venue to mingle with their batch mates and reminisce with fellows their journey while being part of the school. Close to 800 members of the USTP Alumni Federation attended the first grand homecoming aptly coined, “Celebrar!”       Hosted by Jane Abaday and Ezel Lambatan, the event rounded up musical numbers, dances, raffle, fellowship, endless photo sessions and games that filled the festive evening and capped the day-long affair and truly captured the event’s theme, “Reconnecting Lives: Celebrating Alumni Stories” Hailed as the Largest Participating Batches were Class of 1994 and Class of 1988 while the title of the Oldest Participating Batch for this year was awarded to Class of 1961.      University officials were present to grace the affair and formally welcomed the participants. Newly elected university system president, Dr. Ambrosio Cultura II and the university chancellor, Atty. Dionel Albina. Also present were the dynamic team of the 2019 USTP Alumni Federation headed by its president, Jason Jay Dalman.      Earlier in the day, the homecoming reunion started with a General Assembly at the USTP Performing Arts Theater where the current federation board of officers laid to the membership the accomplishments, plans, and current status of the organization. Alumni members were also given the chance to reconnect with former classmates and friends.      The Alumni Federation General Elections were also conducted during the one-day celebration. The call to serve the USTP Alumni community was passed on to the following new members of the Board:      Erah Delos Reyes      Prof. Romeo De Asis      Rev. Fr. Max V. Ceballos, SSJV      Joshua Jones Waban      Lea May Caburatan      Josel Lim      Nicole Adelle Tacandong      Ruel Baron      Esther Joy De Asis      Melanie Ordeniza      Jason Jay Dalman      A Blood Letting activity in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross also took place. This is part of the Alumni Federation’s commitment to serve the community and help in nation building. Participating alumni and current students took part in the said project.      It is hoped that in the coming year, a grander, more festive, and even bigger grand reunion will take place as USTP moves forward into a new era of excellence and unparalleled feats.

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Sharp better solutions for a better life 2

December 4, 2019

With the continuous evolution of technology and the significant role it plays in the everyday lives of people, Sharp Philippines Corporation (SPC) continues to introduce products that aim to incorporate ease and convenience into the Filipino household. SPC’s products are categorized into four sections, or what they refer to as Solutions – that seek to address the needs of consumers. These are: Entertainment Solution, Clean & Comfort Solution, Health & Beauty Solution and Business Solution. Products highlighted last November 28, 2019 at The Madison Events Place complement those that were launched earlier in July. Though SHARP’s global direction is to bring in the latest products with 8K and AIoT technology, the company also devotes its resources in coming up with items packed with technologies that enables efficiency, provides comfort and promotes good health.  The audience was treated to a visual display as well as live demonstrations conducted by their corresponding Product Specialists, showcasing the features and capability of the items.   Entertainment Solution Having introduced the AQUOS 8K LED TV for the Filipino market last July, SHARP now presents its Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) series of Full HD and 4K HDR Android Televisions. Eligible Android TVs are Google Assistant ready, enabling users to interact with their devices and perform tasks such as playing music/videos, searching for the latest news among others, all hands-free. The new line of Android TVs comes with features such as Comfort Mode, a special AV Mode that reduces 50% of blue light. It also has an Advanced Bluetooth version, which allows users to connect the television to their external Bluetooth speakers.  Have your own personal cinematic sound system with the AQUOS Sound Partner AN-SX7A. It is compatible with a wide variety of devices and is extremely portable; resting comfortably on ones shoulders. The Acoustic Vibration System provides powerful sound and heavy bass, ensuring an immersive audio-visual experience that is perfect for when you are playing video games or enjoying the latest shows on Netflix.  Clean & Comfort  Solution      Personal hygiene is an important aspect in a Filipino’s life. Apart from ensuring the cleanliness of our own being, we want this to be reflected in our homes as well; a place considered as a sanctuary for individuals and families alike.      SPC has your well-being in mind; that is why they develop products that help achieve and maintain a fresh, comfortable environment. These are: Washing Machines, Ractive Air Vacuum Cleaner, Mite Catcher, Air-conditioner with AIoT J-Tech Inverter Technology and Air Purifier/Cleaner equipped with SHARP’s original Plasmacluster Ion Technology.      The application or use of these products are not only limited to homes, as they can also be utilized in venues such as offices, schools, hospitals and other establishments with high population densities; sure to benefit its occupants.  Health & Beauty  Solution      We try to keep ourselves healthy through proper exercise and appropriate diet. This also reflects on the food that we consume and how it is cooked. With SHARP’s Healsio Hotcook, healthy cooking is made possible as the natural moisture and original flavor from ingredients together with its nutritional values are retained, compared to conventional cooking. Dishes are hassle-free; with automatic control and various cooking programs depending on your menu, just place all the necessary ingredients and wait until it is finished. Voila! Your meal is now ready to be served.      Looking good is also tantamount to feeling good. When we exert even the littlest effort in fixing ourselves up, be it reporting to work every day or attending an event, we feel much more confident in facing the world. Beauty appliances for women, such as the Hair Dryer, Hair Iron and Curling Ion with Plasmacluster feature lessens dirt and prevents hair damage. The Scalp Massager on the other hand, reduces dry scalp and keeps our hair healthy. Business Solution      Understanding the needs of businesses, SHARP also has dedicated products that cater to the corporate sector through their dynamic displays that project clear and beautiful images for application as digital signages or for business meetings via the internet.      SHARP has also acquired and further developed the Dynabook Laptop, designed for business professionals and workplace environments. Combining their technologies (displays, sensors etc.) with that of Toshiba, they seek to produce market-leading computers and other devices. The Dynabook features a thin design with long-lasting battery and is rated with MIL-STD-810G for utmost durability.        Committed to quality and innovation, SHARP will continue to develop products that will bring Better Solutions for a Better Life to consumers.

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