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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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Beyond steelmaking

November 22, 2019

The current administration’s Build! Build! Build! program has fueled the significant growth of the Philippines’ infrastructure sector and along with it, the demand for quality and cost-effective steel.      This presents a great opportunity for the steel industry. But for Melters Steel Corporation (MSC), one of the major steel manufacturers in the country, growth is not just about being able to leverage the booming demand and capturing a significant market share, but most importantly, it is about helping the community.      On November 15, MSC, together with AboitizPower and Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., embarked on a medical mission for its host community in Pampanga. Around 85 residents of Brgy. San Isidro, San Simon, Pampanga underwent free medical and dental consultations, as well as received medicines with a total worth of Php 200,000.      "We are very thankful to Melters that as their host barangay, we are able to reach out to them to address our needs, and they have always been willing to help," Randie Flores, San Isidro Brgy. Chairman, said.      Apart from the medical mission, other corporate social responsibility initiatives of MSC include disaster relief efforts, computer donation, and cement donation for the rehabilitation of the community church.      "We try to help as much as we can. Anything with regard to the community, we're always here to help," Lance Lim, MSC Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, said.      MSC also recognized the value of its long-standing partnership with AboitizPower to community and nation-building.      "It's a win-win situation. We can always do it on our own but it's a lot better with the support of Aboitiz. We're very happy with our partnership and when the time comes, we want to expand our business with Aboitiz and grow together with Aboitiz," Lim added.      AboitizPower supplies reliable, cost-efficient, and sustainable electricity to MSC’s smelting plant in Brgy. San Isidro, San Simon, Pampanga.      "AboitizPower is very professional and we want to deal with people like that. They know what they're doing. They know what they want, and they know the direction that they're going to. We're thankful that we did not make a mistake in choosing them," Nena Lim, MSC President and Chief Executive Officer, said.      The partnership between MSC and AboitizPower is built on their shared values and common goal of advancing business and communities.

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Xavier Ateneo Chemistry prof ranks second in inter-regional research paper presentation tilt

November 22, 2019

Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan Chemistry professor Dr Dorothy Caminos-Peruelo won second place in the inter-regional competition for oral research paper presentation (professional category) during the 13th Philippine National Health-Related Research System’s (PNHRS) Week celebration held recently in Cagayan de Oro City.      Her winning paper was titled “Preparation, Characterization of Chitosan bamboo charcoal/poly(methacrylate) Composite Beads for the Capture of Creatinine.”      This research involves the preparation and elucidation of the chemical properties of composite beads for future biomedical applications. The beads can be used as a column adsorbent in a kidney-assist device like in blood dialysis to remove blood toxins.      Caminos-Peruelo represented not just Xavier Ateneo’s Department of Chemistry, but also the Northern Mindanao Consortium for Health Research and Development in the said tilt.      Other presenters were from the University of the Philippines - Manila (NCR), Western University Philippines (Region 4B), Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (CAR), Bicol University (Region V), and University of the Immaculate Conception (Region XI).      The Department of Science and Technology Region 10 invited Caminos-Peruelo to attend the closing and awarding ceremonies of the 2019 Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) last November 13 in Valencia City, Bukidnon.       The RSTW bears the theme “Science for the People: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development” and will dedicate the celebration for the recognition of exemplary contributors to the advancement of science, technology, and innovation in the region.

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Misamis Occidental National High School is 1st PhilHealth National Quiz Bee R10 winner

November 22, 2019

GUENDOLYN B. Almonte of Misamis Occidental National High School was the grand winner of the 1st PhilHealth National Quiz Bee regional level and will represent Northern Mindanao or Region 10 in the national finals next year in the state-operated universal health care provider’s 25th anniversary on February 14, 2020 held in Manila.      But before the national finals, a qualifying round to all Mindanao regional winners from Regions 9,10,11,12,Caraga and BARMM will be held on December 6 this year in Davao City.      Second placer in the competition that was held last November 19 at Mallberry Business Suites in Cagayan de Oro City was Glen Glieza T. Fuentecilla of Lanao del Norte Comprehensive High School while the third place went to Missy M. Abad of Iligan City National High School.      The contest is divided into four levels – the division, regional, area and national levels.      Prizes include P5,000 for the regional champion, P10,000 for the area level champion and P100,000 for the national champion with a computer package of schools they represented.      PhilHealth National Quiz Bee will be one of the main activities during the 25th PhilHealth anniversary celebration next year.      It was institutionalized because PhilHealth is now integrated in the MAPEH subject for all Grade 10 students nationwide, both in public and private schools alike. PHOTOS COURTESY OF PHILHEALTH 10

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2019 CALL FOR ENTRIES: ANYTIME FITNESS LAUNCHES SEARCH FOR THE PURPLE CHAMPION

November 13, 2019

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – As the “fastest-growing fitness franchise of all time” on a global scale, Anytime Fitness always stays true to its brand values – to provide a safe space whereeveryonecanbethemselves withoutany judgments,intimidation,or discrimination. In line with their current global campaign, ‘You’re Welcome,’ Anytime Fitness Philippines launches a digital movement that aims to spark inspiration through various fitness and wellness stories from its club members. Purple Champion What was previously dubbed as The Search for the Next Digital Ambassador, this year’s competition focuses on redefining what being a ‘champion’ means. “We want to go beyond just celebrating the fitness journeys of our members. It’s their lives, as a whole, that we want to highlight—whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. The label “champion” has so much weight on it. It sounds intimidating and daunting, right? So we want to break that and go further than the physical aspect of it. One doesn’t need to be the strongest or the fittest to be a champion,” says Jap Angeles, Anytime Fitness Asia Regional Marketing Manager. “Fitness looks andmeans differently for everyone.A PurpleChampionbelieves thatevery little push is worth being proud of and that here at Anytime Fitness, you have a safe place to keep trying and reaching your goals,” adds Jap. Together with this year’s Purple Champion search is the international franchise’s “fitainment” series that seeks to bring wellness closer to communities through fun and enjoyable activities. Sweat and have a good time with Anytime Fitness on the following dates: November 16-17 at SM Seaside Cebu, November 23-24 at SM Davao, and November 30-December 01 at TriNoma. Anytime Fitness’ search for the Purple Champion is now open for entries. Visit www.thepurplechampion.ph to nominate. Mechanics

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Koronadal City, Globe Business launch Korona-911 emergency hotline

November 4, 2019

Globe Telecom, through its enterprise arm Globe Business, and the City Government of Koronadal launch the Korona-911 emergency hotline, an all-in-one emergency communication for information dissemination and response coordination during crisis situations such as the Intensity 6.0 earthquake which hit the town on October 29 and was felt in the rest of Mindanao.      Now ready to accept calls and serve the town’s 189,533 population, Koronadal’s 911 emergency hotline, under the management of Koronadal’s City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office,  serves as a control center in the implementation of communication strategy for early warning, community awareness, and coordination or dispatch of emergency response such as police, fire control, ambulance,  and counter terrorism among others.       Globe prepaid and postpaid customers in the City of Koronadal have the added advantage of being able to call the emergency hotline for free through their mobile phone even without load.       “The operation of Korona-911 is very timely as the city is considered as the center of SOCCKSARGEN, a center of gravity of Region XII and it also happens to be a component capital of the first-class province, South Cotabato. I believe that this makes Koronadal an extraordinary city. It also shows that the city is willing to adopt the latest technologies so as not to be left behind among other LGUs,” said Koronadal City Mayor Eliordo Ogena      Globe Business Senior Vice President Peter Maquera said: “Being a prime enabler of the Korona-911 hotline initiative gives us a sense of achievement and responsibility. This pushes us to further strive for excellence and commit to our purpose to help build our nation and to assist the people when emergency strikes.”       Globe Business provided the hardware, setup of infrastructure and communication, text blasting through Amber by Globe Labs, and the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Trunking of the Korona-911 service.       This partnership with the City Government of Koronadal on the hotline is also in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No. 9, which emphasizes the need for investment in infrastructure and innovation, being identified as crucial drivers of economic growth and development.      Globe Business is leading the way in encouraging local government units to adopt the integration of ICT and governance as a means of improving the delivery of government services and exchange of information. The said initiative supports Globe Telecom's drive to transform the Philippines into a digital nation by instilling the importance of eGovernance to government offices.

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