Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Allianz PNB LifeCEO Set Eyes on Iloilo Expansion

IloiloCity --- Allianz PNB Life, the world's number one insurer, has announced the opening of its Iloilo Regional Business Centerand the opening of two LifeTrack stations in Philippine National Bank branches here.

Dr. Olaf Kliesow, Allianz PNB Life president and chief executive officer, made the announcement during a press conference this week at the SEDA Hotel. “We have opened our agency office this morning. We also have two new LifeTrack stations in PNB branches here,” he revealed. 

According to Dr. Kliesow, Iloilo is the birthplace of the Allianz agency channel, which actually started last year, making the province strategic to its expansion in the rest of Visayas. 

“The LifeTrack Station allows us to be more accessible, to provide our customers with the financial advice, guidance, and support that they need at every life stage,” he said, adding that, “The goal of these stations would be to help customers identify the barriers that keep them from making smarter, more sustainable financial decision, guiding them through the process of selecting a financial solution that would best meet their needs, and checking in with them to ensure that their goals stay on track. We hope that Filipinos would see the LifeTrack stations as an essential stop on their journey to financial independence and well being.” 

Dr. Kliesow, who was recently elected president of the Philippine Life Insurance Association (PLIA) and the first foreigner to assume the position, further revealed the company is offering a “Life Changer Program” for those who would like to build a business as a trusted financial partner under Allianz PNB Life. 

Allianz PNB Life partnered with the Philippine National Bank through a 15-year bancassurance deal in 2016. It has recently activated its agency channels in Davao, Cebu, and Bacolod, among other areas in the country. Dr. Kliesow further showed the Ilonggo media the strength of the company sharing that it is the only insurance company given a AA credit rating by global ratings company Standard and Poor’s. Likewise, Allianz is also ranked number one insurer in the Dow Jones global sustainability index. 

Prior to his appointment to the Philippines, Dr. Kliesow was Allianz SE, Head of Global Life and Health Business Development from 2013 to 2016. He also served as Chairman and CEO from 2010 to 2013 of Allianz Life Japan. 

He studied Law at the University of Bonn, Germany from 1986 to 1990. He completed his Doctorate at the University of Münster, Germany and graduated summa cum laude in 2000. He earned his diploma in Economics at St. Gallen Management Institute, Switzerland in 2009. 

About Allianz The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with more than 86 million retail and corporate customers. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing over 650 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers while our asset managers Allianz Global Investors and PIMCO manage an additional 1.3 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we hold a leading position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2016, over 140,000 employees in more than 70 countries achieved total revenue of 122 billion euros and an operating profit of 11 billion euros for the group.


SneaksByMe Shoe Design contest

Catch The SM Store Iloilo's #SneaksByMe DIY shoe design contest by Sugar Kids and Tough Kids and get a chance to win up to P10,000 shopping money on April 20,2018 at SM Cyberzone 2-5pm! Simply purchase a pair of Sugar Kids & Tough Kids canvass shoes at The SM Store and display area in front of Breadtalk and style it with your favorite design! So see you and style away!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Let’s Go Chasing Summer

Summer has officially started and everybody is gearing up to feel the heat!
Whether with family or friends, or just having that alone time, summer is the time to be carefree, attend concerts, go to the beach, and just simply lounge around to catch up on a much needed break.

Summer is our reward-- This is a time where we can truly slow down, and not worry about the things that bother us all year round. There are a lot of aspects of summer one can enjoy. And one of them is the Chasing Summer event on April 20-21, 2018 at SM Southpoint, the new favorite hangout at SM City Iloilo.
Manila bands Up Dharma Down and Sponge Cola will set the fire onstage with their hits on April 20 and 21, respectively, as they join the party in these two nights of fun with delectable food offerings and drinks available in the area. A Squad Goals Movie Tour will also bring stars Julian Trono, Andrew Muhlach, Vitto Marquez, Dan Huschka and Jack Reid on April 20.

To join the party, all you have to do is present any single-receipt purchase with a minimum of P1000 from any SM City Iloilo tenant or any single-receipt purchase with a minimum worth of P500 from any SM Southpoint tenant to avail of one (1) ticket. Ticket is valid for the 2-day event on April 20-21, 2018. 4. Only one (1) ticket per receipt will be accepted. Gate opens at 5pm.

For more details and inquiries, please contact the Marketing Department at telephone number 3209609 local 16 or visit the official Facebook page of SM City Iloilo.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

HMR Trading Haus Iloilo to open April 7

HMR Trading Haus will open Iloilo branch on April 7, 2018, offering Ilonggos quality surplus goods at affordable prices in time for the summer season.

HMR Iloilo, HMR’s second branch in the Visayas and the 21st in the country, will be located inside SM Hypermarket, Corner Commission Civil, Jalandoni Street, Jaro, Iloilo City.

“After we launched in Cebu, our first in the Visayas, we were already looking forward to opening more branches in the region,” said Juliet Ines, Retail Marketing Manager of HMR Philippines.

HMR sells a wide range of items --- from industrial tools, home and office furniture, audio and video equipment, electronics and gadgets, sporting goods, branded apparel, toys, and other novelty items.

“When you choose to buy surplus, you can get quality products for only a fraction of the retail price. Plus, most of our items in HMR are overruns and shelf pulls from leading retail outlets all over the world as well as second hand furniture from five star hotels and quality pre-owned office equipment. They are as good as brand new,” said Ines. 

“Ilonggos now have a place to shop for personal use and for their businesses. HMR caters to various industries including contractors, hotel & resorts, Logistics companies, business owners and bargain buyers. In line with our product range we also offer generator and aircon installation as well as maintenance services. We also specialize in customized shelving and racking systems,” said Sharlene Carman-Powell, Sales & Marketing Director of HMR Philippines.

“Ilonggo families can buy all their summer season needs including a whole range of tents, outdoor recreational equipment as well as durable inflatable fishing boats and paddle boards,” said Ines.

Other HMR Trading Haus locations also include Subic Olongapo, Novaliches QC, Araneta QC, Cubao QC, Ever Commonwealth QC, Fairview QC, Adriatico Malate, Pioneer Mandaluyong, Sucat Muntinlupa, Las Pinas, Sta Rosa Laguna, Pampanga, Batangas, Cebu City, Festival Supermall, Jaka Plaza, Market Market BGC, Circuit Sta Ana, Dasmarinas Cavite and Biñan Laguna.

For more information call (02)548-6999 or email or visit Follow HMR Philippines on Facebook for updates @HMRTradingHausOfficial.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Festive Walk Parade comes alive on Easter Sunday with colorful Easter Party

Mandurriao, Iloilo City – Iloilo Business Park is rolling out a grand celebration to mark Easter
Sunday on April 1. From fun activities such as egg hunting, egg painting, and a pet fashion
show, families can find plenty of reasons to celebrate Easter at this side of the city – unmatched
by any other.

Easter celebrations at Iloilo Business Park begins at 10AM, and families can be among the firsts
to avail exclusive promos offered by participating partner establishments.
The celebration kicks up a notch in the afternoon, where kids can take part in fun Easter

Headlining the activities is the Easter Egg Hunt, wherein kids can test their luck in finding the
golden eggs. Those who will manage to find the precious eggs get to take home a special prize.
Young kids who want to exercise their creativity can also join the egg painting activity. Special
awards will be given to those who will create the most colorful and creative eggs. Interested
participants will be given paper mache and art materials in order to create their best version of
Easter eggs. Exciting prizes will also be given away.

Making the celebration even livelier is the Pet Adventure Fashion Show, in cooperation with
Philippine Adventure Dog Welfare Association, Inc. Dogs who will come in their best “paw
forward” and stylish doggie outfits also get to take home special awards.

To join the Easter activities at Iloilo Business Park, guests can present a P300 single-purchase
receipt from participating Festive Walk Parade establishment.
For more details, call (033) 501 9417. Visit to find out
other activities.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

DENR 6, SM City Iloilo and Community partners celebrate Earth Hour 2018

Joining the revolution of the environmental movement that has grown exponentially over
the years all over the world, The Department of Environment and natural Resources 6, SM
City Iloilo and other community partners and advocates gather together to celebrate Earth
Hour 2018 on March 24.

The movement has spawned and encouraged many worthwhile initiatives worldwide such
as massive recycling efforts, passing of legislations against air and water pollution, stricter
enforcements for marine life protection, among others.

National Government Agencies as well as private organizations converge as this year’s
celebration calls the people to “Connect to Earth” and move collectively against climate
change and the steep decline of nature, as biodiversity loss threaten our planet. We must
understand that the variety of life and their habitats are our best defense against the rapid
climate change.

It has been nine years since SM Supermalls participated in the annual Earth Hour. From
just several of malls in 2009, the company’s Earth Hour movement have grown to all SM
establishments namely SM Development Corporation (SMDC), taking part in the lights off
Prime developments, 68 malls nationwide, 7 SM Malls in China, plus its affiliated
initiative. In SM City Iloilo, it will be held at the SM Southpoint starting 6pm.

SM place environment and sustainability at the forefront and the centerpiece of their
operations, taking greater measures to efficiently manage resources such as energy and
water consumptions, as well as waste and water emissions.

This year’s event will be graced by Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III, DENR-EMB 6
Director Sophie Manuel, SM Regional Operations Manager Girlie Liboon and SM City Iloilo
Asst. Mall Manager Jasmine Lynn Maquiling who will lead the ceremonial switch-off of
lights in the mall at 8:30pm.

Afterwhich, the SM façade logo, dropdown banners, billboards landscape lights and pylon
tower will be totally shut off. 50% lights off on open and covered parking, covered walks
and sidewalks, footbridge overpass, transport terminal, entrance lights, lobby lights and
mall hallways.

Tenants will also be encouraged to turn-off exterior and interior lights while maintaining
50% lighting in the store premises as not to disrupt store operations.

Also joining the celebration is the Talahib Eco-Trekkers Organization Inc. runners. PCD
School of Performing Arts will have a special ballet performance. A musical entertainment
by the RCP Ritmo Tambores and SM Little Stars 2017 Winner Maxwell Jesse Figueroa as
well as a performance from West Crew Dance Group will liven up the gathering as it aims to
encourage shoppers and walk-in participation in the said advocacy.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Shop and Enjoy the Ride at SM City Iloilo’s 3 Day Sale

Shop and Enjoy the Ride at SM City Iloilo’s 3 Day Sale
Getting the most of your shopping treats has never been this exciting!

SM City Iloilo offers the best deals with the 3-Day Sale this March 16-18, 2018!

Up to 70% discount on selected items are at stake. Be it in items, food and services, every shopper is sure to enjoy from the offers in store for them:

Here’s how incredibly easy and enjoyable to have a worry free shopping during the sale in the mall:

Bring your SM Prestige on Friday to enjoy special discounts the whole day, your SM Advantage or BDO Rewards Card on Saturday to enjoy perks until 12nn or bring all on Sunday and get amazing discounts from 5pm-7pm!
Lay down those cards and get the best deals for your favorite items at the SM Store.

“Kumain Ka Na Ba?” Or better said in Hiligaynon dialect “Kakaon Ka Na? This question is unofficially considered as the way Ilonggos greeting equivalent of “Kamusta ka?”(the Filipino word used to say hello). Be it in their homes or just anywhere, Ilonggos would ask you “Have you eaten?”
Special offers by tenants are available for everyone to enjoy. Get that needed energy to do your three-day shopping with the delectable Filipino and international dishes available.

SM City Iloilo tenants have readied their stores so shoppers can get the best discounts when they dine, buy or enjoy the services. Checking out one tenant to another will surprise you with great deals these stores have prepared for their customers.

Shop and get a chance to win 1 of 2 Suzuki Raider R150 for a single or accumulated receipt worth 1,000 in any store; purchase of 4 cinema tickets; P300 single receipt purchase in any amusement tenant or P300 single receipt purchase in SM Foodcourt.

The new Suzuki Raider R150 revolutionizes itself as it gives the rider one step closer to riding a true Suzuki GSX-R. History repeats itself as the new Suzuki Raider R150 emerges far ahead of the competition as the nation’s top-class sporty underbone motorcycle, the leader of the pack. With its inspiration drawn from the Suzuki GSX-R lineage, the new Suzuki Raider R150 once again sets high standards in design, speed, power, and performance. The new Suzuki Raider R150. A sporty motorcycle belonging to the breed that continually brings Suzuki far ahead of the competition – the Raider Breed.
SM City Iloilo Mall Hours are as follows: 
March 16(9AM-12MN); March 17(8AM-10PM); March 18(10AM-10PM).

For more details, please check the official Facebook page of SM City Iloilo or call (033) 3209609 local 16.

Educational roadshow bolsters campaign to address nutrition gap in Visayas

Role of biotech in farming nutritious food cited

ILOILO, PHILIPPINES - Monsanto Philippines strengthened its efforts to promote better nutrition in the country after it recently launched an educational roadshow, dubbed Monsanto Fun Kitchen, at Nabatasan Elementary School in Iloilo City. Monsanto Corporate Affairs Lead Charina Garrido-Ocampo said during a media briefing that the Mobile Fun Kitchen was the second leg of the company’s nutrition campaign in the country

Ocampo said that the program forms part of the company’s continuing efforts to make balanced meals accessible especially amid the 3.6 million stunted Filipino children who suffer from the consequences of malnutrition. In a study1dedicated to nourishing communities by ensuring access to nutritious foods. Today we realize this commitment to nutrition through Monsanto Fun Kitchen, which seeks to teach proper nutrition at school levels. Every Filipino child deserves access to a balanced meal,” Ocampo shared during her opening remarks at the launch.

The Mobile Fun Kitchen was participated by over 415 students, including parents and faculty members of Nabitasan Elementary School. The program demonstrated to children the value of healthy eating and taught parents and teachers easy-to-cook and healthy recipes that can be easily replicated in their homes.

The initiative also explained the role of biotechnology in producing and farming nutritious food. Shemaine Castillo, Regulatory Affairs Lead of Monsanto, explained during the program that biotechnology has been a proven breeding method that not only improves the quantity of harvest but also increases levels of minerals and vitamins.

“As an agriculture company, we especially look at biotechnology as a novel approach in producing nutritious produce.  By applying biotechnology in agriculture, we protect crops such as corn, lettuce and tomatoes from pests and diseases, allowing us in turn to have better yield,” Castillo said. She added that “we use biotechnology to develop new varieties of plant seeds with a range of desirable characteristics, such as being able to resist certain insects or harsh weather conditions.” 

initiative of Monsanto to boost its community efforts in Iloilo and other parts of the country. “For almost 50 years, Monsanto has been working on some substantial and meaningful programs meant to improve Filipinos’ lives. Today in Iloilo, we continue the tradition of giving back to the communities where we live and work, striving towards the improvement of food, nutrition, and the overall wellbeing of Ilonggos.”


 Monsanto Philippines is a local unit of Monsanto, a Fortune 500 global power company with a diverse portfolio of advanced biotechnology products produced in 404 facilities in 66 countries. To date, Monsanto Philippines has four facilities spread out across the country, which includes its head office in Alabang, a Refuge-in-a-Bag (RIB) Plant and cold warehouse located in Bulacan, and an R&D station in Mindanao. The company also has partnerships with the Philippine government through the Department of Agriculture as well as the local scientific and academic communities in the promotion of modern agricultural biotechnology. To learn more, please visit

About Monsanto
Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops – such as corn, soybeans, sorghum, canola, and cotton – that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

F&E Valvoline Dealer's Conference #Unstoppable

This year's dealer's conference was attended by 45 topnotch Valvoline dealers all over Western Visayas, Negros Island, Cebu, Tacloban and Palawan. F&E Family of stores held the event in the world-class convention and events destination - the Iloilo Convention Center on March 9, 2018.

The event is part of F&E's commitment to deliver the highest quality automotive essentials to its consumers. F&E emphasizes on the importance of investing in motoring safety. It is with this commitment that we have gained the continued trust of our valued partners with the F&E's brand.

 Moreover, recognition of special awardees of the Upgraded Valvoline Dealer Program has been honored at the convention. Among the 45 Valvoline suppliers, three lucky winners had received ash prizes for their prolific resale performances for the entire program period.

In partnership with Valvoline Philippines, this conference also highlighted appreciation for the continued support of the dealers to Valvoline products on resale segment. With 150 years of excellence on lubricating industry, Valvoline is a leading legacy in producing premium branded automotive, commercial, industrial lubricants and chemicals.

Not only this conference has recognized and rewarded the awardees but also honored all the dynamic leaders who have put their focus and hardwork on growing the base of Valvoline lubricants in the Visayan market.

The awards ceremony for the propitious winners of Beijing-Shanghai Disneyland Trip has been the festive highlights of the Dealer's Conference. As adjudged winners of the trip, the lucky dealers will have an exclusive experience of first class hospitality and momentous recollection of memories from visiting remarkable places.

F&E maintains leadership in automotive are for over the past 35 years by partnering with every motorist in  12 branches in 9 locations in Visayas and Palawan, making roads safer for all users, not just for motorists but also for pedestrians. Like F&E Autostore on Facebook and visit for more information. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

How to Steal A Bargain in Sale Events

It’s always exciting during sale events but having to work your way to get the best discounts is a
little tricky since expectedly, a lot of people will flock the mall and buy their favorite items just as
you do. Having a list of the sales items ahead of time and having some kind of a plan can save you a lot of time and effort during the sale day itself.

As SM City Iloilo holds its 3-Day Sale this March 16-18, 2018, you might as well arm yourself
with helpful tips on how to get the most of your bargain shopping to get the best deals on top
of the up to 70% discount on selected items and more.

Familiarize yourself with prices
If you want to be able to find bargains, you should be able to recognize a good deal. Therefore, before you go out shopping for an item, spend some time learning the usual retail prices so you know that you are really getting the best discount.

Bargain hunt online
Browse the website or social media site of your favorite store online if they have and look for updates about their sale offers. It will also be a helpful tool since you can inquire about other deals available.

Check Sale Advertisements
In local newspapers, ads are usually placed 1 to 2 weeks ahead or during the sale week, to give you a sneak pick of the offerings. These may contain food offers and other products. For example, SM Foodcourt and SM Foodhall tenant offers freebies and discounts that will let you enjoy your food experience while having a break from shopping.

Be on the lookout for special discounts
Many people don't realize how many specialized
discounts stores offer. You may be surprised to find more treats aside from what you are used to.

Follow your favorite stores on social media
Stores often post about upcoming sales and discounts on social media accounts. Following a variety of your favorite stores on Facebook can help you spot sales early on. SM City Iloilo has an official
facebook page you can look up for updates.

Looking up in FB can also give you valuable information about being first to shop or how to
reserve your items. Or better yet, what additional discounts you can get like a 10 percent additional in the first 2 hours and privileges of having an SM Advantage Card.

Learn sale periods. 
If possible, it's best to learn the specific sales cycles for your
favorite stores or mall. Like for SM City Iloilo, the 3 Day Sale is scheduled every March and September of each year. This way, you can plan to shop during times when you'll find the most discounts. And of course have time to save up for that item you’ve been wanting to buy.

For more info, you can visit the official facebook page of SM City Iloilo or call the marketing
department 3209609 local 16.

Mayor Joe welcomes British Ambassador Pruce at the newly-renovated Elizalde Heritage building

"Gina and I are delighted to welcome Her Majesty's Ambassador Daniel Pruce tonight in the historic Elizalde Building and exchange pleasantries to all of them more than discussing business. It's a night to unwind, relax, and simply have a great time.

It is our deepest pleasure to be hosting this dinner to acknowledge our ties with the British Government and to show our gratitude for choosing our beloved city for their trade mission in the country. We are beyond words in expressing our appreciation with the impact this endeavor will contribute to the further growth of the city.

On behalf of the City of Iloilo, I wish to convey our good wishes of good health, success, and prosperity to Her Majesty's Ambassador Daniel Pruce and for his family as well as for his mission. I wish you all the very best in all your future endeavors and we look forward to welcoming you back to Iloilo City in the future.

Arangka Syudad Sang Iloilo!"
Mayor Jose Espinosa III 

British Chamber Trade Mission goes to Iloilo

Iloilo City, in particular, has a “lot of opportunities,” Nelson noted, citing the city’s strong performance in terms of agribusiness, manufacturing and information and communications technology. 

The Philippines posts a steady economic growth and is even hailed as one of the fastest growing emerging economies in the world since President Rodrigo Duterte took office last year. In an effort to address Metro Manila’s worsening traffic congestion brought by the lack of infrastructure spending for years and to achieve inclusive growth throughout the country, President Duterte’s administration is pushing for decentralization to spur development in the countryside. Major cities like Clark in Northern Luzon, Davao and Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao, and Iloilo in the Visayas are economic hotspots for investment.

Following last year’s successful trade mission in Davao, the British Chamber of Commerce Philippines (BCCP) is visiting Iloilo City this year to encourage more businesses expand operation in the Visayas region. The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) earlier forecasted that the average growth rate in the Visayas region will be higher than the government’s targeted national GDP growth for 2017-2022. In addition, there’s a growing interest of British companies in regional investment opportunities in the county.

With this in mind, the British Chamber is organizing the Iloilo Trade Mission on March 8-9, 2018 in Iloilo City. The Mission, held in celebration of the annual GREAT British Festival, will highlight a Trade & Investment Forum on March 8 at the Richmonde Hotel aimed to facilitate a dialogue between the government and private sectors and present business opportunities in Iloilo and the Visayas as a whole, and site visits on 9 March.

The 2-day event will gather an estimated total of hundred participants, and include three main components:
1) Iloilo Trade and Investment Forum
● Innovation is GREAT: Showcasing Innovative Practices
● How to Protect Your Innovation in the Philippines?
● Investment Opportunities in Iloilo
● Developing Iloilo's Economic Viability

2) Site Visits around Iloilo 
● Iloilo Business Park
● Iloilo Commercial Port Complex
● Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center
● And other homegrown industries, TBA

3) Social Networking & Cocktails

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


The Philippines is the only country in the Asia-Pacific region where the rate of teenage pregnancies rose over the last two decades, wherein one in ten young Filipino women age 15-19 has begun childbearing. These are startling figures that reflect more than just a personal or a family problem.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), together with the Office of Vice President of the Philippines, has collaborated in empowering young women nationwide to address teenage pregnancies today – through the launch of BABAENIHAN.

"We fortify this campaign in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 9, 10AM in UP Visayas Iloilo City Campus to raise our collective voices in raising awareness on this pressing condition and give more girls the choice to be more educated, more responsive and more vigilant. Vice President Leni Robredo and UNFPA Representative to the Philippines Klaus Beck will be there to grace the event."

"Mang Inasal, The Pride of the Ilonggos!"

Mang Inasal executives made a courtesy call to Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III yesterday morning, March 6, 2018 at City Mayor's Office, Iloilo City Hall.

They presented the golden leaf to Mayor Joe III as token of Mang Inasal's endless gratitude to the people of Iloilo City for supporting them since they opened their very first store in Iloilo City wayback 2003 and for welcoming them back as they launch their 500th store.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Hi-Fi, Iloilo CIty's most modern KTV opens at the City Time Square

  With state-of-the-art TV screen, sound system and digital song book, Hi-Fi truly offers a unique experience to the Ilonggos at the City Time Square. You can sing your hearts out or watch movies while eating or drinking, the price listed below for the first three hours is consumable - of course with delectable dishes.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

DOT pursues alternative livelihood during Boracay 'upgrading'

BORACAY ISLAND, AKLAN - Over 56 billion pesos of tourist spending is at stake during the imminent Boracay Island rehabilitation and restoration but the Department of Tourism (DOT) is now collaborating with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to address the issue.

DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo recognizes the possible effects including job displacements and economic dislocation of the the current upgrading of Boracay and is already looking at alternative means of livelihood and employment.


"We are aware of the situation of Boracay but we cannot just discount the thousands of employees and their families and the economic contribution of the island through its tourist receipts and job employment. We have to strike a balance between the environment and the economy," Teo said.

Boracay Island welcomed over two million local and foreign tourists last year for a 16 per cent growth from 2016. Boracay also employed the most for the Western Visayas region last year with 17,737 direct tourism employment accounting to 66 per cent of the whole region.

DOT Regional Director for Western Visayas Atty. Helen Catalbas shared that most of the workers at the island are from other places like Cebu, Negros, Manila, and other provinces in Luzon.

The DOT Regional Office VI is already in coordination with other local government units in efforts to relocate employees that may be laid off during the Boracay rehabilitation.


"Those who will be affected can work with the demolition of illegal structures and the construction of the improved sewage system and road infrastructure," Teo added.

Hotel and tourism establishments can for the meantime polish and update their facilities and manpower during the reported Boracay upgrading.

DOT is also studying tax holidays and incentives for those business and employees affected. Skills development trainings and seminars for front liners and other tourism ambassadors are also being planned.

The DOT holds regular consultation meetings with tourism stakeholders including tour operators and travel agency associations in pacifying the effects to the domestic and international tourist market.

Meanwhile, DOT remains steadfast in its support to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in its pursue to solve the environment woes of the island and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in apprehension of those who violated and abused the law.

The tourism department is also gearing up to the launching of the 'new' Boracay after its renovation and upgrading.

"After the six-month timeline set by President Duterte, we look forward to introducing to the world the 'new' and improved Boracay," Teo added.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Globe leaders undergo extensive study of digital applications in Hangzhou

Globe Telecom Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala together with Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu led the company’s 120 key executives in doing extensive immersions at Alipay, Alibaba and Huawei Technologies last January 2018 at Hangzhou, China. The immersions provided unique opportunities for Globe to understand new digital technology developments, holistic market applications of financial technology, scaling up e-Commerce play and 5G technologies. 

Hangzhou is the capital city of Zheijang Province in east China, and an emerging technology hub. Hangzhou serves as the headquarters for the Alibaba group, the world’s largest retail e-commerce company, which introduced cashless payment to the city. Hangzhou is now considered by many of its citizens as a cashless society.
 Welcome to Alibaba. Globe leaders take time off at the Alibaba headquarters in Hangzhou, China.
 Globe Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala with partners discuss the benefits of cashless society at the Ant Financial HQ.
Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu shows Globe Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala how to transact via mobile payment during the market visit with Ant Financial executives in Hangzhou, China. At the back looking on is Globe Chief Customer Experience Officer Beck Eclipse
Alibaba’s financial technology subsidiary Ant Financial Services Group, operates Alipay, a leading online and mobile payments platform with over 520 million users. Launched in 2003 in Hangzhou, Alipay transformed the city into a cashless city through its QR code payment technology. 

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology solutions provider, supporting operations of over 1,500 networks in over 170 countries and regions. Hangzhou is home to Huawei Global Training Center, offering Information and Communications Technology (ICT) learning, and capability development for partner operators.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

PRO-FRIENDS brings nature park experience to Ilonggos

Property Company of Friends, Inc. (PRO-FRIENDS), the developer of Parc Regency Residences and Monticello Villas is set to bring a whole new kind of experience to Ilonggo families with its soon-to-launch one of a kind nature park.

Surrounded by century old trees, different varieties of plants, stunning flowers and green sceneries, the said nature park will serve as a relaxing haven for Ilonggo families.

PRO-FRIENDS Iloilo’s nature park boasts of its nature-inspired attractions where families can enjoy fun bonding moments together.

Commune with Mother Nature while having weekend family picnic or holding family gatherings at the nature park. Enjoy doing your favorite hobbies with your loved ones in a peaceful environment. Imagine seeing children having fun and playing in the greenest lawn or playing hide and seek at the carefully landscaped pocket gardens while parents safely walk around the park, giving them a sublime time to think about their family’s future and marvel at God’s greatest gifts.

Grandparents can also reminisce great memories under the mango trees. Teenagers can explore a new kind of adventure and discover nature, nurturing in them the appreciation for it and developing the desire to take care of Mother Earth.

The nature park is envisioned to be a place where one can enjoy and appreciate the gifts of nature – the majestic and iconic Buli trees that welcome every Ilonggo family; the fresh breeze and unpolluted air that invigorates the body; the chirping sound of the birds that relaxes the mind; the sweet smell of morning dew that refreshes the senses; and the sound of running water from the small creek that calms the body.

More than the beautiful landscapes, this nature park will be a testament that the best things in life are free - the radiance and sight of the blue sky, the refreshing and rejuvenating scent of the green gardens and the sun rays that nourishes and touches the skin.

This soon-to-launch nature park will surely be a landmark for nature lovers and a destination for those who want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city living. The greeneries encapsulating the park; the smell of the morning dew from the huge Elephant Ear plants; the stunning Pepper Tulips that sprang in every corner; and the tall bamboo trees complete the refreshing feel of the park.

“We are giving Ilonggos more reasons to enjoy life at its fullest in a community situated amidst nature’s splendor,” PRO-FRIENDS Iloilo Brand Manager Karmela Jesena noted.
The nature park is being bordered by century-old trees which were preserved to provide visitors shade while enjoying their favorite hobbies. 
 Health enthusiasts will surely enjoy jogging within the nature park while breathing fresh air and gazing at the greeneries.
The Buli trees serve as icons as it welcomes everyone in the nature park.
 Have fun bonding moments with the whole family in this greenest lawn.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Globe, Facebook launch “Digital Discernment” module to promote responsible digital citizenship

Globe Telecom and Facebook recently launched a new “Digital Discernment” workshop, coinciding with Safer Internet Day on February 6, 2018. More than 100 public school students and teachers from Manila participated in the workshop, which included topics to teach people how to think critically online, and identify credible information from questionable information.  Content includes practical tips on how to verify and examine online sources, and identify facts from opinions. The workshop promotes responsible digital citizenship among teachers and students in public and private schools across the country under the “Digital Thumbprint Program” or DTP. The workshop was led by Chelle Obligacion-Gray, Globe Director for Citizenship (2nd from left), Clair Deevy Facebook Head of Community Affairs Asia Pacific (3rd from left), Miguel Bermundo Globe Citizenship Manager (3rd from right), module facilitator Chris Kuzhuppilly (extreme left), along with DepEd representatives.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Globe myBusiness launches ShiftED to transform PH schools and empower Filipinos with world-class learning via technology

 ShiftEd launch with (from L-R): Debbie Obias, VP, Segment Marketing Head, Globe myBusiness; Michelle Tapia, Head for Strategy, Innovation and Transformation, Globe myBusiness; Richard Jugar, University of San Carlos; Jonathan De Luzuriaga, President, Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) and CEO, Spring Valley; Ritchie Ramos, Segment head for Education, Globe myBusiness; and Dr. Marilyn Balagtas, Philippine Normal University.

Globe myBusiness has launched a campaign that will enable academic institutions in their journey towards digital transformation and empower Filipinos with world-class learning through technology.

Called ShiftED, the initiative was created by Globe myBusiness to assist the government and schools in developing globally-competitive students and teachers.

“We now have a generation who is in a world that is always online. They are living in micro moments influenced by technology so we need to keep up to ensure that we communicate better and more effectively with them. We need to adjust or we won’t connect with them. We need to innovate or we won’t be able to influence,” said Derrick Heng, Globe Senior Advisor for Globe myBusiness, Globe Telecom’s arm which caters to micro, small, and medium enterprises.

He added: “Globe myBusiness hopes to create a better experience and impact the lives of people, thus, we continue to look for ways to help the education sector be future-ready by improving how students learn and educators teach with the use of technology.”

ShiftED carries education-related activities of Globe such as the Digital Thumbprint Program which promotes responsible digital citizenship and cyber wellness for students; and PRISM, a three-week digital literacy improvement program aimed at advancing the digital literacy skills of Filipino educators.

Aside from these programs, Globe myBusiness provides connectivity and solutions that can aid schools to be digitally-ready and help learners and educators stay ahead of the curve.

For instance, Globe myBusiness learning management solutions encourage students to go beyond memorization and boost their learning through interaction, critical thinking, and a readily available source of knowledge. A school management system, on the other hand, streamlines all the tasks involved in running an institution such as administrative activities and student performance monitoring to save time, money, and energy, leading to better performance of the staff and students.

Globe myBusiness also provides relevant solutions to local entrepreneurs and assists the country in its digital transformation by partnering with Spring Valley, the largest integrated technology and innovation hub in the Philippines, to bridge the academe-industry gap by helping connect college students with the right companies for on-the-job training and prepare the workforce for the demands of the industry.

Under the partnership, Globe myBusiness will power up Spring Valley’s online platform, an on-the-job training matching site that allows students, companies and future employers, schools and other institutions to work together for a more efficient and meaningful student internship.

ShiftEd was introduced during Edutech 2018, a two-day conference and exhibit that aims to deliver ways on making education continuously relevant in the 21st century.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Globe readies network for emerging IoT services with 700 MHz band

PH readiness for technological innovations vital in driving economic growth

Globe Telecom is enabling its network to support emerging Internet of Things (IoT) services, making full use of all the 700-megahertz spectrum and other existing LTE spectrum assets the company is currently assigned with. Globe is now piloting Narrow Band- Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology due to its inherent advantage of long reach and range, while enhancing mobile data services.

NB-IoT is one of the three 3GPP standards-based low power wide area (LPWA) technology developed to enable a wide range of new IoT devices and services. NB-IoT as a standard is more developed compared to other defined 3GPP standards and the device ecosystem is evolving at a much faster pace.

Out of the 3 standards endorsed by 3GPP, Globe has enabled NB-IoT as this technology will have far reaching benefits for many people, industries, even communities and early adopters would be able to enjoy its benefits. Huawei and Nokia, Globe existing technology partners, are collaborating in this journey, ensuring network readiness to support new services.

“Given new business requirements in a highly digital environment, Globe is gearing up to deploy emerging IoT services relevant to various enterprises including the public sector. This is all part of our commitment to enable enterprises take advantage of the latest technological innovations, which is vital in driving economic competitiveness and growth in the country,” Globe Telecom President & CEO Ernest Cu said.

The Philippines is a good use case for a number of emerging IoT services that include parking sensors, water meter reading, lighting control, garbage collection and flood control, among others.

“Fundamentally, IoT is about creating a digital ecosystem for services that are being used by various organizations. The use of IoT-related services is growing significantly around the world and it is time that we adopt them in the Philippines so that local enterprises can take advantage of the business benefits derived from these new technologies,” Cu stressed.

Globe has also been aggressively deploying LTE sites nationwide. Globe has deployed to date around 1,750 LTE sites across the country using the 700 MHz band. More than

700 cell sites are located in Metro Manila, providing pervasive LTE mobile connectivity to its customers.

Globe has also deployed Massive MIMO (MM) as part of its technology roadmap. MM is the fundamental radio access technology for 5G. The 5G network targets to have higher speeds, lower latency and better capacity, enabling higher density of mobile broadband users and supports device-to-device connectivity and massive machine communications.

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