SM Prime partners with AboitizPower

August 9, 2019

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the largest integrated property developers in Southeast Asia, has chosen AboitizPower to supply 15 of its facilities with reliable and cost-effective power.      During a ceremonial signing at Conrad Manila in Pasay City on August 7, SM Prime entered into a Retail Electricity Supply (RES) contract with AboitizPower to supply the Company with an aggregate demand of 50 up to 110 megawatts (MW) for three years.       "With our continuous expansion in the coming years, we need a power supplier that will enable us to support our existing and future partners with reliable and cost-effective power. We believe that AboitizPower, with its extensive power generation assets, can provide what we are looking for," SM Prime Holdings President Jeffrey C. Lim said.      Emmanuel V. Rubio, AboitizPower Chief Operating Officer, said the Company is delighted to be SM Prime's power partner of choice, with the two entities sharing the same goal of leaving a positive impact on their communities.      "We are more than honored to be chosen by SM Prime as its supplier of choice. We are excited to more than just provide reliable and cost-efficient power supply, but to also work with them in looking for better solutions to support SM Prime's thrust in providing its customers with top quality products and services," he said.      With its portfolio of renewable energy and thermal power plants located all over the country, AboitizPower, together with its partners, currently has a net sellable capacity of 4,471 MW.

Liyab AoV Team, Liyab SC2’s Enderr seeded in Esports national team pool Sibol for 2019 SEA Games

August 9, 2019

In a testament to their vast potential and in recognition of their superior skills, several members of Liyab Esports, an esports organization powered by Globe and Mineski, were chosen to form part of the national training pool for a chance to become part of Sibol, the official Philippine esports team for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in November.      Liyab standouts Kevin Kio “Gambit” Dizon, Jeremiah “1717” Camarillo, Jervan Lorenzo “Bents” Delos Santos, Lawrence Anthony “Rubixx” Gatmaitan and Miguel Klarenz “Miggie” Banaag were picked to be part of the training pool for Arena of Valor (AoV).      Veteran Caviar “Enderr” Acampado was also selected as one of the two possible medal hopefuls in StarCraft ll.      Aside from the six Liyab players, several other esports athletes were also drafted to form the training pool that will compete in the biennial games which is recognizing Esports games such as Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Tekken 7 and Hearthstone, along with AoV and StarCraft ll, as medal sports for the first time in its history.      “Being named to the national training pool alone is already a big honor to Team Liyab. It’s a glowing accomplishment to our boys who have come a long way from relative obscurity to now as potential SEA Games gold medalists,” Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO, says with pride.      Several other players can still qualify to join Sibol as long as they hurdle several qualifiers in the run-up to the 2019 Sea Games.      At least two players will represent the Philippines in Tekken 7, Hearthstone and StarCraft ll, while seven players will compose the team for Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Arena of Valor.

PDMEX 2019 - Your Gateway to Technology Advancement

August 5, 2019

The Philippines’ largest and focused metal working event will hold its 9th Philippine Die & Mould Machineries and Equipment Exhibition (PDMEX 2019) on August 28-31, 2019 with the theme “Your Gateway to Technology Advancement” at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.      This biennial event – now on its ninth (9th) series is organized by the Philippine Die and Mold Association (PDMA) which will bring together allied leaders and stakeholders in the industry, and will discuss the latest technology and practices that guide the development of die- and mold-making around the world.       This year, the trade event will occupy over 13,000 square meter of exhibition space and will feature around 400 local and international exhibitors, which will showcase latest technologies and developments in the die and mould, machine tools, metrology, automation and welding industries.       The die and mold is the "backbone of any industry," said Mr. Louie T. Fuster. "It is the key to all process in manufacturing," he added, noting that "everything people encounter" --- from IC MOULDS for the electronic industry, automotive parts, plastic moulds and dies for plastic bottles and various plastic parts in different industries, medical instruments and equipment, including farming implements for the agricultural industries. Die casting and forging for the automotive transmission parts also goes through the process of die and mold design and processing.       "In other countries, they have different specialization, from design to die and mold making, to sampling of actual product.       That is why our group has been very active in personnel training so that local producers may be able to cope up with the demand in terms of expertise in die and mold making," added Mr. Fuster.       Die and mold industry and education experts are working to develop special courses on die and mold engineering in order to further develop the industry in the Philippines.       The previous event, PDMEX 2017, saw 9,932 trade visitors and buyers from coming from different industries and neighbouring countries.      187 registered participating companies and 383 combined local and international exhibitors.       19 simultaneous seminars attended by about 1250 attendees.      Support from 16 industry associations, organizations and government agencies.      98% favourable response from both exhibitors and visitors.      Organized by PDMA Inc.—the Die and Mould Association of the Philippines—in partnership with MAI Events Management Philippines, PDMEX 2019 will feature the following co-exhibitions: •    7th AUTOCOR 2019 •    7th OUTSOURCING & ENGINEERING 2019 •    9th MACHINE TOOLS 2019 •    6th METFIN 2019 •    7th METROLOGY 2019 •    6th PHILPLAS 2019 •    6th PHILWELD 2019 •    9th SHEET METAL 2019      Manufacturing Industry Focus from machine tools, metrology, automation, and welding, PDMEX 2019 will host solutions for a wide spectrum of the manufacturing industry.      Apart from the die and mould sector, visitors from the aerospace, building and construction, iron and steel production, manufacturing and processing, mechanical engineering, oil and gas, and sheet metal industries are expected to attend.       We are also expecting immense delegation from the Federation of Asian Die and Mould Associations (FADMA), a regional grouping of die and mould manufacturers and precision engineering associations with eleven (11) member associations from China, Chinese Taipei, Chinese HongKong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Altogether, there are about 4,000 constituent member companies located within the economically dynamic Asian region.      The event is also participated by different international pavilions and companies such as China, Germany, India, Italy, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Spain,  Singapore, Taipei, Thailand and a lot more.       PDMEX 2019 aims to highlight activities designed to benefit the die and mould sector, as well as its related industries. Apart from the products and machineries to be displayed, the event will feature technical presentations and seminars.

SciTech Caravan Highlights SETUP in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental

August 2, 2019

The Department of Science and Technology region X (DOST-X) highlighted its banner program, the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), to mostly 400 participants during the Science and Technology Caravan at the Tagoloan Municipal Dome, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental on July 30, 2019.      SETUP is a nationwide strategy aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). It provides a wide range of solutions which include technology transfer and commercialization, technical consultancy services (e.g. Manufacturing Productivity Extension, Consultancy for Agricultural Productivity Enhancement, food safety, energy audit, cleaner production, etc.), packaging and labeling assistance, technology trainings, calibration and laboratory testing services, and equipment acquisition through the innovation-enabling fund (i-fund).       SETUP helps firms buy appropriate technologies, the acquisition cost of which to be amortized by the latter in equal monthly installments for three years, without interest.      From 2002 to 2016, the program enabled a total of 341 micro-scale enterprises to graduate to small-scale; 20 firms leaped from being micro to medium enterprises; 90 from small to medium enterprises; and one from medium to large enterprise.      Aside from promoting SETUP as assistance to MSMEs, the caravan also served as an avenue to promote some of the region’s SETUP-assisted products.       Exciting games for students and pre-testing sessions for the entrepreneurs and locals gave the participants the chance to enjoy boxes of Vjandep Pastels, Monk’s Peañato, and Slers Chicharon.      Other programs and services of the agency such as Scholarship and Consortia, STARBOOKS, Consultancy and Training, Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST), Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL), and Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) were also exhibited.      The S&T Caravan is a three-leg activity hosted by the DOST regional office X to showcase its programs and services throughout the region. The first leg was conducted on February 28, 2019, at Linamon, Lanao del Norte while the third leg will be conducted at Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental in September 2019.

U1st Realty & Brokerage Inc. Levels Up by Partnering with Persons with Disabilities

July 31, 2019

U1st Realty & Brokerage Inc., the first and only one-stop company for all real estate needs based in Cagayan de Oro City, recently organized the first ever agent orientation for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) led by Ms. Melagros Maquiling. This humbling initiative was spearheaded by Ms. Rose Buenaventura and aims to transform the realty industry into an inclusive and diversified community open to PWDs.       “We live by the saying, We Rise by Lifting Others. Hence at U1st, we want to open doors of equal opportunity to everyone especially our dear PWDs. We sincerely welcome them for a lifelong business opportunities where they can be independent and empowered just like everyone else. After all, it’s not their disability but their perseverance that truly matters.” says Mr. Jo Santillan, Manager Partner of U1st Realty.       The orientation tackled topics such as Real Estate 101 and Role of a Real Estate Agent. The said event was attended by partner developers, Cebu Landmasters Inc. and ABrown Co. Inc.       U1st Realty & Brokerage Inc. continues to welcome interested sales agents. They assist in all your real estate requirements such as:      1. Property Consultation      2. Buy & Sell of Real Estate Property       3. Property Management & Leasing Services      4. Permits & Transfer of Title      5. Loans Assistance      6. House Design & Construction       7. Land Survey & Appraisal Services       8. Insurance Procurement      Visit them at 218 De Leon Plaza Bldg., Yacapin - Velez St, Cagayan de Oro City or send them a message through their Facebook page U1st Realty & Brokerage Inc.

26th NRCE set August 15-16 at SMX

July 26, 2019

Preparations for the 26th National Retail Conference and Stores Asia Expo (NRCE) are underway as this year’s NRCE is slated on August 15-16, 2019 in SMX Convention Center, MoA Complex, and Pasay City. After another successful turnout of the country’s biggest retail conference and exhibition last year,  global and local experts in the industry are expected to grace the 26th NRCE to give insights and provide updates on the latest developments and trends on the retail industry. Among the expected hot topics are sustainability, disruptions in retail, cashless payments, market segments and consumer behavior, and customer experience. This year’s NRCE is pegged on the theme Retail Reimagined to help retailers and the industry formulates strategies on how to make retailing relevant amidst disruptions and changes in the digital age. “With the continuous emergence of new digital innovations and e-commerce businesses, the retail sector should be able to find ways how to adapt and utilize these new platforms for the customers, who want fast and efficient service and at the same time, crave for human and genuine interactions from brands,” NRCE Overall Chair Fredrick D. Go said. “While last year’s NRCE had a successful turnout, we want this year to be bigger, more advanced and of course, cater to the needs of the time,” Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) President Rosemarie B. Ong said. Last year, Wijnand Jongen author of the best seller The End of Online Shopping served as one of the keynote speakers. He was joined by Massimo Volpe, Chairman of Forum on International Retail Associations and Executives (now Federation of International Retail Associations), and Wallaya Chirathivat Deputy CEO of Thailand’s Central Pattana—the largest retail property development and investment company in the country. Aside from the main conference, there will be Retail Spotlights, more focused discussions on Supermarket and Digital transformation niches for Days 1 and 2. Side-by-side the conference is the Stores Asia Expo, which will feature solutions and state-of-the-art technology including Retail Solutions, E-Commerce & M-Commerce, Shop Fittings & Store Design, Digital Marketing, Commercial and Real Estate Developers, Web Developers, Non-traditional Advertising, Financial Services, Storage and Distribution, HR Solutions, and Billboard Locations among others, to help retailers enhance and expand their business operations. There will also be mini seminars called Retail Lab inside the exhibit area, featuring discussions on essential and new tools and strategies for the industry. NRCE is the biggest and the longest-running retail event in the country, organized by the PRA. For registration, sponsorship and exhibit inquiries, please contact the PRA Executive Secretariat at 6874180, 6874181, 6874985, or email: marketing@philretailers.com/specialprojects@philretailers.com.


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