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


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

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.

The Last Stop of TAIWAN EXPO 2019: Davao!

October 21, 2019

Taiwan will again be at the forefront this November 8-9 2019 in exhibiting its best products at SMX Convention Center, Davao. Hosted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, Taiwan Expo will showcase Taiwanese companies in various commercial industries that continue to integrate additional value and innovation into their products. TAIWAN EXPO is highly regarded as a hallmark of development and innovation, and is consistently globally competitive in the ever-expanding modern landscape. This is the first time TAIWAN EXPO has changed the venue to Davao! TAIWAN EXPO will have 100 booths by 100 companies covering a wide range of categories such as Smart City, Taiwan Lifestyle, Healthcare, Agriculture and Fisheries and Taiwan Tourism. The exhibition offers complimentary entry. In addition to authentic Taiwanese bubble tea, there is also a lucky draw onsite.      In 2017 in Manila, TAIWAN EXPO attracted over 36,000 visitors during its three-day run, while 93.8% of buyers liked the quality of the exhibited products. The overwhelmingly positive reception underscores TAIWAN EXPO's success in promoting the image of "Taiwan Quality" for the Philippines.      In 2019, Taiwan's cutting-edge technology will also be prominently featured across TAIWAN EXPO in response to the Philippines' development trends and market demand: Taiwan Excellence Pavilion will showcase outstanding ICT Products and Smart Solutions. You'll even find a smart service robot to give you a warm welcome; COMPUTEX TAIPEI brings the world's second largest ICT exhibition, COMPUTEX d&i Award winning products to showcase Taiwan's high-tech products. TECO Energy Efficiency Solution Pavilion will bring highlights of "energy conservation, emissions reduction, intelligence and automation." Visitors will get the opportunity to experience a sneak peek into tomorrow's smart future with the latest technology. Also, Taiwan Healthcare Pavilion and Kaohsiung Goods Pavilion, which integrate smart technology into healthcare services and many other amazing innovations, such as the world's most advanced medical techniques in radiation therapy-Proton Therapy. For agricultural and fishery development in the Philippines, the Taiwan Agriculture Pavilion will introduce a circular economy business model to develop agricultural industries and maintain ecology at the same time; Taiwan ranks 21st and 20th in marine and aquaculture fisheries, and its fishing industry has been growing for over 100 years. This time, the Taiwan Fishery Pavilion will showcase products ranging from offshore fishing to farming fisheries. Fine fishery products can bring greater efficiency to the fisheries industry. Taiwan in Design Pavilion also features some creative products, home decorations and accessories.      In parallel, TAIWAN EXPO will host various events including industry forums like Smart Medical Innovation brightens Up Your Life! , Transform Cities with Taiwanese Technological Solution, Taiwan Bubble Tea Conference, Taiwan Agriculture & Fishery Seminar, which provide the audience an opportunity to learn about Taiwan's current industrial development and solutions; Cultural performances will include indigenous modern dance and traditional singing, performed by excellent craftspeople. In addition, the most popular drink in the world, bubble tea, will also be served for onsite tasting at the Taiwan Bubble Tea Pavilion. This year, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a lucky draw. Simply check-in our fan page and you’ll have the chance to bring PHP5000 gift card home!      There will be 10 themed pavilions at the expo - Taiwan Excellence Pavilion, Taiwan Healthcare Pavilion, Taiwan Bubble Tea Pavilion, Taiwan Tourism Pavilion, Taiwan in Design Pavilion, Taiwan Agriculture Pavilion, Taiwan Fisheries Pavilion, COMPUTEX Taipei, TECO Energy Efficiency Solution Pavilion and Kaohsiung Goods Pavilion.      Taiwan Expo 2019 will run from 8 November (Friday) to 9 (Saturday) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at SMX Convention Center, Davao. Entry is free; visitors only have to register for a visitor's pass. To register for activities or for more information, please visit the official website: https://ph.taiwanexpoasean.com/ or social media platforms https://www.facebook.com/taiwanexpo.ph/ and https://www.instagram.com/taiwanexpo.ph


October 21, 2019

What is a day like for my mom who works in an SM mall? What is dad busy with when he’s busy working in SM?      A recent activity answered these questions that kids of SM employees may often wonder about. They experienced a day of SM magic with Kiddie Patrol, a family engagement activity for the children of SM employees. This happened last September 14 throughout SM malls in the country.      “This initiative promotes #PrideInMyPurpose among employees because it showcases the work that they do to the ones that drive their strongest purpose in their SM Life: their families,” Regional Operations Manager Joey Tumolva said.      The simple mall field trip, which was attended by over 800 kids throughout the country, created an emotional connection to the SM brand by promoting family inclusiveness among employees.      Kids enjoyed a preview of films in the SM Cinema; they also interacted with the mall’s security teams who showed them the roles of security guards. The SM Food Hall and Foodcourt also brought the kids backstage to show them the magic that goes into making food. SM’s engineering teams also lead the show and tell sessions on power generators and airconditioners.      Kids also had a chance to greet customers “good morning” as the mall welcomed morning shoppers.      The fun activity was capped with coloring and drawing interactions that inspired leadership (or “mall management”) in bite sized lessons.      At the end of the day, SM Kiddie Patrol is about making connections and meaningful understanding; and putting family at the top of every SM employee’s to-do list.


October 11, 2019

BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY, TAGUIG— To a crowd of journalists, celebrities, and health and fitness advocates, McGraw Pharma Inc., one of the country’s most trusted pharmaceutical companies formally introduced its newest addition in their growing healthcare product portfolio, LeGARDE.  The LeGARDE Health and Wellness Expo, which took place last September 6-8 at the Globe Ampitheater, Bonifacio Global City, successfully launched LeGARDE— an L-Carnitine supplement made with Carnipure™ and Licaps® fusion technology. An event created to satiate today’s active lifestyle trend, the expo featured four pillars: Sweat, Feed, Extend, Unwind, in partnership with various merchants such as Spartan Race Philippines, ECHOstore, Diet Diva, FlexFit, and Sun’s Out Fitness.  During the event, guests were able to experience different activities with other energy enthusiasts like Katarina Rodriguez, Ben Wintle, Aubrey Miles, Charles Tiu, and Patty Laurel.  “Multitasking is a thing nowadays. You can be a corporate guy in the morning and a DJ by night. But the motivation to commit in all these things can be as elusive as the energy to do it all. And I can’t think of a better time to jumpstart your journey to better energy optimization than today,” says Jonathan Sibulo, President of McGraw Pharma Inc.  The expo also shed light on L-Carnitine and how it works in your body. “L-Carnitine occurs naturally in your body. It plays an important role in converting stored fat into a source of usable energy. Carnipure is a grade of L-Carnitine that is highly versatile and used in a wide range of different applications, and LeGARDE has it in Licaps® fusion technology,” he adds.  In between activities, LeGARDE’s celebrity endorser Nico Bolzico, answered some questions from the guests. “Being fit doesn’t always have to be a daunting goal to aspire. What people often forget is that a good and balanced energy use is also important. Imagine being able to do whatever you want!” Nico exclaims.  The 3-day event also featured healthcare professionals, Dr. Raoul Felipe and Dr. Helen Ong-Garcia, who facilitated a more deep dive L-Carnitine discussion. “More than anything else, I hope people would be more inspired to take care of their physical health. There are so many interesting success stories about wellness [people doing this, doing that], and I truly hope we get to make more,” Jonathan adds.  #KeepGoing with LeGARDE Carnipure L-Carnitine Supplement. Visit www.legarde.com.ph for more details. Follow Legarde L-Carnitine on Facebook and @legardeph on Instagram for more exciting news.  


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