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Fans show brand affection in 'I Love Isuzu' campaign launch

May 1, 2019

It was the kind of warm reception that could outshine the hottest of summers.      In the late afternoon of April 25, hundreds of Isuzu vehicle owners and their families--all loyal fans of the world-renowned maker of diesel-powered vehicles gathered to witness the launch of the first "I Love Isuzu" Campaign at the Carousel Court of the Upper Ground level in Festival Supermall, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.     The launch of the campaign has been the culminating event of months of research, planning, and collaboration among Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) and its dealers, business partners, suppliers, and the various Isuzu Clubs across the country.     IPC President Hajime Koso, in his welcome remarks, said of the "I Love Isuzu" campaign: "Isuzu vehicles are really something to take pride on. Let me tell you that, we are more than just a truck brand. Our pick-up and SUV models deliver the same outstanding performance coming from our expertise on diesel engines.     He added: " The D-MAX has been with us for more than a decade and it has proven to provide durability and fuel-efficiency, over and over again. The mu-X, captivated the hearts of Filipino families, reaching more than 45,000 units since its launch in 2014.     The impressive design of these models, coupled with comfort, convenience and most especially global safety standards is what makes our customers LOVE IT even more.”     The "I Love Isuzu" campaign has hinged on not just Isuzu vehicles' exceptional durability, reliability, power, performance, and fuel-efficiency, but also on the entire motoring lifestyle experience of their owners and their families and friends, the kind of lifestyle experiences that have evolved into fond memories throughout the decades.     After the 4 p.m. opening ceremonies, the affair was opened to the public, with free admission to the various exciting activities, such as displays of the Isuzu mu-X SUV and Isuzu D-MAX pick-up, and a special performance of "Asia's Phoenix", Morissette Amon.     The guests and the mall-going public were also treated to the premier of the "I Love Isuzu" AVP, as well as the launch of the "My Isuzu Story" videos, depicting heartfelt testimonials from Isuzu customers.      Various Isuzu Clubs, such as the mu-X Owners Club of the Philippines (mu-x OP), Team Isuzu Pilipinas (TIP) and Team Isuzu Car Enthusiasts (Team ICE), also held their club meet and new member signups during the launch.     Special promos and discounts on selected Isuzu models were also offered, and free public test drives were also conducted, apart from the mini-games wherein participants won premium Isuzu items.     The "I Love Isuzu" mall display, test drives, special discounts, and mini-games continue daily up to April 28, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.     The "I Love Isuzu" campaign aims to encourage Isuzu customers to actively promote and share their experiences of the Isuzu brand, and to ultimately grow the community of Isuzu owners in the Philippines. As such, the campaign will also involve social media engagements on Facebook and Instagram.      Shell Pilipinas is the official fuel partner of “I Love Isuzu” campaign.     For more information on the "I Love Isuzu" campaign, log on to www.isuzuphil.com.

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Bowling opens in SM CDO Downtown Premier this 2019

May 1, 2019

The City of Golden Friendship now has a new past time to look forward to, as SM Bowling launches its 10th branch at SM CDO Downtown Premier this Summer!      The new sports & leisure center had its soft launch on April 26, and the Grand Opening on May 3, 2019. SM Bowling will have 14 modern synthetic lanes, and an up-to-date scoring system for its players. It will also be featuring multiple recreational activities including Archery, Table Tennis, KTV, and Billiards, evolving the brand from a traditional bowling alley into a full recreational center for everyone to enjoy.     SM Bowling CDO will be the first branch to feature the new Modern Industrial design of SM Leisure Centers, which will be rolled-out in the coming years across all SM Bowling centers nationwide. This new look showcases a combination of modern design with age-old materials such as wood, brick walls, raw finishes, and metal bars that make it look fresh, spacious, and lets patrons focus on the experiences the venue offers.     Come and join the fun at the #CoolestPlaceInCDO, SM Bowling CDO, located at the 4th Floor of SM CDO Downtown Premier, beside Bigby’s Restaurant. For more information on upcoming events and promos, follow @SMBowlingCenters on social media.  ABOUT SM LIFESTYLE     SM Lifestyle Entertainment Incorporated or SMLEI is the lifestyle and entertainment company of SM Prime Holdings Inc. that offers the best in events, and leisure. The company has now grown major brands, which include the Mall of Asia Arena, SM Tickets, e-PLUS Tap to Pay, SM Skating, SM Bowling and Leisure Center, Snack Time, and SM Cinema.  SMLEI aims to promote bonding activities among Filipino families and friends, through entertainment and leisure facilities, while advocating the ease of use and personalized service created to complement the Filipino lifestyle.

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Bong Go declared adopted son of Taal, Batangas, commits to push tourism in the province

May 1, 2019

On his return Friday to the home province of his grandparents in Batangas, former Special Assistant to the President and 2019 senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go was formally declared as an adopted son of the heritage town of Taal.     Taal Mayor Fulgencio “Pong” Mercado presented to Go Sangguniang Bayan Resolution No. 47, series of 2019, approved on April 8, 2019 declaring him an adopted son of the municipality.      Aside from citing his advocacy for the Malasakit Center, which seeks to assist the underprivileged, the resolution also cited Go’s “relentless effort in uplifting the interest of the poor, particularly disaster victims and indigents all over the country.”     “Maraming salamat po sa mga kapatid ko dito sa Batangas sa mainit ninyong pagtanggap sa akin---nakakawala po talaga ng pagod,” Go said.     “Yung lolo’t-lola ko nag-migrate sila sa Davao, nakipagsapalaran (tulad ng ginawa ng pamilya ni Pangulong Duterte)…ako po ay Batangueño na Bisaya,” he added.     Go also noted the warm welcome the town’s residents gave during his motorcade around the municipality earlier in the day. Later, the former SAP joined the opening ceremonies of the El Pasubat Festival.     El Pasubat stands for Empanada, Longganisa, Panutsa, Suman, Balisong, Barong Tagalog, Tapa, Tamales, Tawilis, Tulingan — the delicacies and crafts that Taal is known for.     He told the people of Taal that he and President Duterte are fond of many of their products showcased in the festival, such as empanada, suman, balisong and tapa. On the other hand, he noted that his Tesoro ancestors in the province are known for their barong.     Earlier, Go vowed to help promote tourism not only in Batangas but also in other areas of the country, as he noted that the El Pasubat Festival could become a strong tourist attraction.     “Susuportahan ko po ang turismo dito sa Batangas,” Go said.     He vowed to support various infrastructure and development projects that would spur tourism and economic activity in the province of Batangas.     Go cited the Mindoro-Batangas Super Bridge, a P30.883-billion project for a bridge that will link Mindoro to Batangas. It is expected to boost economic and tourism development in both provinces.  The terms of reference, feasibility and approved budget for the contract are currently being prepared.     Likewise, he said Batangas stands to benefit from the PNR South Long-Haul Project. It is a P175.3-billion project for a 639-kilometer railway traversing Manila, Los Baños (Laguna), Lucena City, Gumaca (Quezon), Naga (Camarines Sur), Legaspi (Albay), Sorsogon City and Matnog (Sorsogon), and Batangas.     Once finished it would provide for faster, safer, more comfortable and reliable transport along the area. It is expected to be completed in 2022.     In addition, Go said the P2.5-billion project for Southern Tagalog Arterial Road to Pinamucan Diversion Road will reduce traffic congestion in major roads in Batangas City. The DPWH has already coordinated with the LGU, which allocated budget to shoulder the finances on the right of way.     Go also assured his fellow Batangueños that he would support President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.     “Sa abot po ng aming makakaya, kami ni Pangulong Duterte, gagawin namin ang lahat (para sa inyo). At antayin nyo na lang po ang resulta ng serbisyong tatak-Duterte. Ang bisyo ko po ay mag-serbisyo,” Go said.     In addition, Go said he would work to improve the delivery of health services in the country, particularly through the establishment of Malasakit Center.     A program of the Duterte administration, the Malasakit Center makes it easier and faster for indigent patients to avail of medical and financial assistance from the government by bringing together in one room concerned agencies such as DOH, DSWD, PCSO and Philhealth.     “Gusto ko pong maisabatas para tuloy tuloy lang ang programa at madagdagan pa natin ang mga Malasakit Center,” Go said, noting there are already 34 Malasakit Centers serving various areas of the country. Batangas has its own Malasakit Center located in Batangas Provincial Hospital.     The former SAP’s legislative agenda also include programs for agriculture, housing, long-term sports development, fire protection and prevention, localized peace talks, barangay welfare, creation of a Department of OFW and improved benefits for senior citizens.     “Patuloy ninyo po akong magiging tulay kay Pangulong Duterte. Basta kami ni Pangulong Duterte serbisyo lang kami dahil para sa amin serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo sa Diyos. Wala kaming hangarin ni Pangulong Duterte kundi kabutihan ng bawat Pilipino dahil mahal namin kayo,” Go told his fellow Batangueños.     Meanwhile, Go said he would pursue in his campaign until May 11, 2019, the last day of campaigning for national candidates not only for the sake of his senatorial bid but also for the opportunity to meet the people and hear their concerns.     “Hindi lang naman po kampanya ang tingin ko rito eh kundi rin po makahahalubilo ang ating mga kababayan, mapangiti man lang natin sila kahit anong init ng panahon,” Go told members of the media.     With just over two weeks to go before the May 13, 2019 elections, Go said he is excited but a little nervous, despite recent surveys showing him among the top of the “Magic 12” in the senatorial race.     “This is my first time. Sanay po ako as sortie manager ni Pangulong Duterte, as overall assistant at campaign manager niya noong nakaraang election. Kaya minsan po nakakalimutan ko na ako pala’y isang kandidato na ngayon,” Go said.     Go attributed his strong performance in the surveys to the endorsement of President Duterte.     “Maraming salamat po, ibig sabihin tumataas yung tiwala ng mga kababayan natin sa akin. Unang-una dahil po ito kay Pangulong Duterte—yung tiwala nila sa gobyerno ni Pangulong Duterte ay nadala na rin ako,” Go said.     He also expressed confidence many of the senatorial candidates endorsed by President Duterte and her daughter, Davao Mayor Sara Duterte, would do well in the elections.     “Malaki ang tiwala ko na majority ng mga kandidato ni Pangulong Duterte ay lulusot ngayong election na ito dahil malaki po ang tiwala ng taong bayan sa pamamahala ni Pangulong Duterte. Kaya po susuportahan nila ang mga kandidato ni Pangulong Duterte at ni Mayor Inday Sara,” Go said.

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Oro’s iLearn Therapy Center to establish school

May 1, 2019

iLearn Educational Intervention and Therapy Center, which has been operational since 2013, will establish the Bright Light Learning Academy and start accepting enrollees from nursery to kindergarten levels starting this June.      With a staff of nine teachers, Bright Light Learning Academy is marked as an inclusive school i.e. it caters not just to clients of iLearn Education Intervention and Therapy Center but also to the general public.      According to owner Bambi Alegrado, Bright Light Learning Academy is conceived to offer quality education by integrating researched and milestone-based teaching styles from proven effective approaches.      With its address located along Masterson Avenue, Bright Light Learning Academy is an offshoot of iLearn Education Intervention and Therapy Center which is the only facility in Northern Mindanao to offer the Orton-Gillingham Approach.      Alegrado herself is a holder of three certificates in speech therapy, preschool reading and math and advanced math intervention from MSL Singapore.      She now has a total of eight occupational therapists, three visiting speech pathologists and one resident speech pathologist under her fold.      From a facility that first offered reading intervention, iLearn has slowly extended its offerings through the years – occupational therapy, speech therapy, preschool reading and math intervention and advanced math intervention.      The story of iLearn Educational Intervention and Therapy Center is also an inspiration of known events organizer and PR specialist Betsy Alano.      For a few, Betsy has been a single mom raising a daughter with intellectual disability.      Ena Victoria, her daughter who is soon turning 18, had a rough time getting the services she needed in the Philippines.      According to Betsy, their situation had made everyday life harder: What a typical person perceives as an annoyance can feel like an assault to them.      They learned to adapt but somewhere underneath lies a feeling of not quite belonging.      Now at 40, Betsy and her daughter have moved to the United States -and now working as a behavioral therapist specializing in applied behavior analysis.      It’s a method that is proven in helping children with autism spectrum disorder.      Her daughter is now attending a special education school and is getting all the needed services for free in the US.

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DOLE 10 launches mandatory OSH orientation

May 1, 2019

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 10 launched Monday, April 29 the eight-hour mandatory orientation on occupational safety and health.     According to regional labor inspector Coslid-Rey Tubiano, the eight-hour orientation is mandated under Department Order No. 198-18 that was effective starting January 25.     The said department order outlined the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 11058, otherwise known as An Act Strengthening Occupational Safety Standards of 2018.     Section 16 (b) of RA 11058 states that all workers shall undergo the mandatory eight-hours safety and health seminar as required by DOLE which shall include a portion on joint employer-employee orientation.     To implement this provision, Department Order No. 198-18 stated that the agency together with accredited safety organizations will conduct a free workers occupational safety and health (OSH) seminar at least twice a month as part of their advocacy in promoting and sustaining a safe and health workplace.     Tubiano identified the following organizations as their training partners here in Region 10: J3 Trainers and Consultants, HSE International Health Safety and Environment Consultancy, MSRS Safety and Health Training Services, MJ Consulting Services and Safety Organization of the Philippines, Inc. (SOPI).     The five organizations inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with DOLE Monday for the purpose.     Tubiano said there are a total of three million workers in Region 10 in medium, small and micro-enterprises (MSMEs) which must undergo the mandatory eight-hour orientation.

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DOE targets GenCos with multiple plants

April 29, 2019

THE Department of Energy (DOE) indicated that the center of investigation on the alleged collusion of generation companies (GenCos) will be on the ‘bidding behavior’ and the level of revenue generation of the power firms with multiple electricity generating assets.     Energy Undersecretary Felix William B. Fuentebella told reporters that they have already collated the initial documents from the ‘yellow alert’ incidents in March supply month; but the department has yet to complete those for April incidents of both yellow and red alert circumstances in the Luzon grid.     On a positive note, Fuentebella indicated that they are expecting several generating facilities to be synchronized back to the grid today – including the Mariveles and Limay coal plants in Bataan.     With the plants getting back into the system, the energy department is expecting that power supply will likely improve starting Wednesday (April 24). The plants, he said, are targeted to be synchronized to the grid around Tuesday midnight.     “We are going to submit all our findings both to PCC (Philippine Competition Commission) and the ERC (Energy Regulatory Commission),” he stressed, adding that the market surveillance committee of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) already turned in the initial documents.     “What we are looking at – for example are those GenCos with conglomerates of plants,” he said, expounding that if a GenCo has a plant with scheduled maintenance and another power fleet suffered a forced outage, then the center of the probe will be on the bidding behavior that its other plants have been exhibiting at the spot market – and whether or not they have been gaining immensely financially on the other plants.     “We will look at the behavior of the other plants which are operating, for example plants C. D and E — if they are coming out with strategy to recover the losses from their other plants which are on shutdown and if these are being passed on to the consumers,” Fuentebella stressed.     Relating to the allegations of collusion, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi averred that “while we are currently investigating the matter, it is highly inappropriate for us to comment, make assumptions or speculate on the causes of what we think is an extraordinary occurrence.”     The energy chief admitted “there are no quick fixes to such incidents,” as he gave word that the department “is continuously finding ways to prevent a similar incident from happening again.”     Cusi said it remains a puzzle why the brownouts happened “despite having an excess of 1,131 megawatts over peak demand,” although he qualified “the unfortunate unforeseen shutdowns of several plants at the same time resulted in 1,502MW loss of available capacity.”     He thus asserted “the brownouts experienced by electricity consumers in certain parts of Luzon on April 11 and 12, 2019 are deeply regrettable, and we apologize for the inconvenience caused.”     On Tuesday as an aftermath of the earthquake that struck Luzon, the country’s major power grid was placed on ‘red alert’ condition again because some plants were on shutdown following the calamity.     The grid was placed on red alert from 10am to 4:00pm, but due to cooler weather temperatures, there had been no manual load dropping or rotating brownouts enforced.     According to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), it observed a demand decline of 200 megawatts because of “cloudy weather condition’ plus the sudden ‘no work declaration’ in government offices contributed to lower electricity consumption during the day.

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