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Live Blog: #PeaceHack in MNL Making PH a Much Safer Place!




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Live Blog: #PeaceHack an Event Soon To Change Philippines Forever

Imagine a world where we don't have to cower in fear. Ever.

Our country alone has its fair share of violence and the worst part is each side thinks he's doing the "right" thing.

The rebels think they are fighting for a cause. The robbers think they are feeding their family. The terrorists instilling fear in the world to awaken society. It's a shady world we live in but I just got to hand out how villains are made. And a part of me was awakened when I have learned about a tech event that takes the world of peacekeeping into something scalable, accessible and most of all effective. The usage of technology and the internet in general has changed our lives dramatically and wind sweeping every economy, culture and movements. Learn how it can change yours.

#PeaceHackPH, an event that has sprouted in different parts of the globe that has enabled thinkers, designers and engineers to create apps and similar innovations that help nations in conflict have a chance at peace.

We are aware of the MILF, NPA, and most recently the coalition of drug empires cleaning up their ranks of untrusted pushers and pinning it down to trump today's government efforts.
Today, we are never safe. Heck, safety is an illusion we tell ourselves to get rid of fear from going about our daily mundane lives. But we all know what’s up we just either turn the other cheek or wait until it hits us like Miley’s ball.

In a world of sheep, we are being herded by wolves clothed in our carcass.

Those times we sweat up our backs from the humid jeepneys, or enter a crowded mall where everyone retreats for some cool air from the punishing heat wave outside just to justify our senseless window shopping habits, or even as we flicker our eyes from the enchanting REM dreams we are having in our very own homes… people (whose vision, execution and methods are far more unalike from our concept of what is right and just) are constantly at work.

They are currently
  • procuring arms for their next encounter,
  • devising the next train explosion,
  • gearing up for the next random drive-by shooting,
  • stalking at expats who’ll fit the bill for the next hostage drama,
  • laundering their way to vast fortune thereby emptying this nation’s hard earned coffers which could’ve been a new home from our Haiyan-struck lands,
  • planning to nuke a small country for coveting a small island,
  • mapping out the next tourist bus to take over and flaunt our security forces’ incompetence for all the world to see,
  • or despicably hacking their way to Malacanang servers to assassinate our man physically or for now, perceptibly.

Bystander Effect

Need I say more to show how worse we have become? Now you ask me why we should care. Seeing the faces of the victims plastered on the media and our NewsFeeds, did you ever stop to ask, “that could’ve been me.” Guess not. Why?

Because we may belittle our capacities as ordinary citizens to take action and change the world, or we may just be very busy trying to get by or make a living, or yet we have soiled our psychological innards with thoughts that we are better where we are.

I myself am guilty of the bystander effect every now and then. That may be the reason why I will be forever grateful and awestruck with the efforts non-profits and government sectors do to ease societal dilemma just like a hero who goes on excessive skirmishes to save his community from giant freaks.

That analogy actually makes the rest of us the bystanding townfolks who die along the course of the tale. I’ve been told that we could be captains of our own ships, heroes of our sagas, but then hardships of life has seemingly humbled us with so much discouragements that most of the nation has decided that they will never amount to anything and gave up trying.

That is what this #PeaceHackPH is for.

To give the power back to the Filipino people. 
To let us do something collectively in order to move nations massively.

#PeaceHackPH

This global event which is currently happening live here in Manila, Philippines has a lot of guns along its belt. (pun intended)



Previous hackathons in Barcelona, Beirut, London and Washington DC has produced some great applications like:

  • London: a refreshing Tinder-style app to help connect with your neighbours, the other an online platform for people to find community events
  • Washington DC: intuitive an early warning app that uses big data to notify local orgs when public emotion changes towards a certain group, as in London, to help with community cohesion
  • Beirut: comprehensive wiki for Syrian refugees where important info can be readily shared
  • Barcelona: enables Syrian refugees to privately and securely geo-locate their contacts

Given the world-class pool of talent here in the Philippines’ capital, I am just in the edge of my seat of what these kids could come up with by tomorrow.

It’s freaking dead silent here and everyone is on their laptops unaware of the fact that they are making the biggest digital footprint that will soon change the way civilizations work in the future.

The rules are simple. Create a functional prototype that aims to Perceive, Educate, Alert, Communicate and Engage stakeholders in the nation's peacekeeping process. Top that and you may just bring home P50,000 in grand prize, P30,000 for the 2nd and P20,000 for the third one. Sponsored by Smart.

I’ll keep you guys updated. As for now, I’m off to do projects until the caffeine lasts. I don’t mind bumming over here at the quirky co-working space in Makati even if I was up all night after a barrage of business analysis work from my graveyard job as long as I get to be part of the future.

Thank you to International Alert for making things happen and for as long as I safely live, I will be forever by your side.


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Be a Hero: Save Thresher Sharks with a Click of Button #phsayyes #worldsayyes

Did you know that Philippines is the only country that has established a thresher shark dive industry?

just why should you care?

We might be very busy going through the motions of trying to comply with what a civilized society expects of us but little do we know that by signing an online petition could make a difference to this world.

We claim we love life, love our country and love nature with our endless posts on Instagram and Facebook. But up until our actions would prove so, nothing we say now would mean anything.

By signing this petition on Change.org, which should btw take no more than a few seconds of your time, you would be declaring support to the communities in Moalboal, Cebu who depend on this diving industry to sustain their livelihood. They are still picking up the pieces after Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan has crushed every piece of their lives. While I was at home sheltered through that monstrous storm, they were the ones battling it tooth and eye.

And this is personal to me since I am a born Cebuano, a Filipino, and a human being who owes so much to nature for letting me witness the most beautiful things despite the harsh realities of this life. And I know you have it in your heart to do the same, to be that friend who not only thinks of himself but whose heart is so big that he or she can also extend compassion to the world especially to distressed communities, and vulnerable animals. I say vulnerable since they are safer here than be in the harbors of Hong Kong and Taiwan where they are being slaughtered for their fins. And if there is anything that I have learned in this world, it is that, the most painful cries come from those you cannot hear.


And if you're a visual learner, here's a smashing slideshare presentation you wanna immerse at.


how can you act on it?


click sign this petition at Change.org and you're done!


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How to Create a #BetterWorld For Pawikans in 2 Minutes

The Pawikans have been on earth more than most of us ever did, and ever will. And we owe it to them to preserve their species since we are the very reason why they've become extinct. And ordinary people like you and me don't have to go through extraordinary lengths to make that happen because some people have taken it to their hearts to do just that.

Have you known that they actually imprint on the sands where they have hatched and will go back after a very long time to lay eggs even after circumnavigating the world? That's an unmatched loyalty you can't even compare to your last ex. Joking aside, the least we could do now is to either continue going through our little lives or support the people who takes care of creatures too meek to even defend themselves. That's exerting effort in a cause bigger than themselves.



I'm telling you the story of Aboitiz Foundation's efforts to save the breeding ground of these magnificent creatures.



PIA reports:

The Aboitiz Foundation has launched a campaign that aims to raise funds for the protection and preservation of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle in Punta Dumalag, Davao City, one of the last few remaining natural habitats for species of its kind. 
Entitled “#BetterWorld for the Pawikans”, the fundraising drive will not only secure the sanctuary for the hawksbill turtles but also spread greater public awareness on how everyone can help to ensure its survival amid climate change and environmental degradation.

To take part in creating a BetterWorld for the pawikans, visit aboitizfoundation.org and click the 'Donate' button. Use #BetterWorld in your social media posts to show your support for the cause. 

Now, busy working class of the Philippines, let's get to work putting this country back on track, one effortless action at a time.


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Gave Up But Holding On

It’s amazing how colourful this season is in this country. With all the revelry and festivities that matches our tourism campaign, our elections are something to behold. That is why it should not surprise us that the whole world stares in awe. Unlike our predictable local primetime drama themes, Philippine elections almost always ends in a shocking twist of events that even Olivia Pope herself would be drawn into.

Amplifying people’s voices. 


If there’s anything that this political phase will prove, it is that it has been a people-driven election. After some articles that you can find online, you will realize that Filipinos are social media savvy (despite having the most expensive broadband and crippling internet speeds as per Rappler infographics). Regardless of societal class since we have affordable prepaid data offerings including Free Facebook and China smartphones, more and more people have gained access to information and have filled where traditional media has ceased to feed: live, raw, and unfiltered crowdsourced news and in contrast, tabloid materials and memes. That is why PR stunts has no place in this country anymore, because ordinary netizens can now be heard, information can be verified real-time and posts can be shared with unimaginable reach especially if it is entertaining in nature (very cultural I guess).

 We’ve been poor too long to have enough of BS and I know our frontrunners could’ve done better and must’ve kept it real. Social media managers must be on their knees by now scrambling at such colossal numbers and I could never be more proud for we have definitely achieved the pinnacle of democracy. Everyone has the right to be heard (and I’m looking at you Daniel Padilla).

I’m not saying we should boycott traditional media especially that people have been trending biases lately. We need curated information every now and then but we just have to keep on looking out and choose what should seep into our consciousness and be heedful for it always affects our decisions in life especially as big as national issues.

I am actually proud of the healthy discussion that happens in Facebook comments since people have something passionate about. And I was that same type of person last election when I helped campaign for Gibo and when he lost, I’ve realized that either the Filipino nation has been influenced by the media demonization of the predecessor or they are just not that ready for a visionary leader. It’s a popularity game, I get that and maybe he was just ahead of his time. He should’ve tried Senate just to get his name on the door.

Anyway, I still mourn for his loss and maybe that may have unconsciously sabotaged my decision not to vote this year or campaign anyone for that matter.

The hassle of defending your work leave despite a critical workday and the costs of booking flights was just too much to bear, and even transferring precincts is a mess in itself.

Change starts with me. 


I just want you to realize that while you give so much of your hope to the candidates of your heart’s desires, please know that the change we want for this country starts… with... us.

After travelling abroad, I have come to realize that people in developing countries need no intimidation from power figures just to abide the law except if you’re North Korean. For even as simple as not littering or smoking in designated areas only, ordinary people have incorporated civil obedience and common courtesy to their daily routine. Don’t even get me started with traffic rules for the motorists and pedestrians. I’m no saint either but we’re just so bad at that.

I may have lost faith in the electoral process considering I am so statistically insignificant but I have never lost faith in the people of our country. We have good hearts. Strong ones even. And we have proven that time and time again. We just need to do way better.


The leader we need. 


We are currently reaping the economic structures that were the unpopular measures that Gloria did and we see such growing numbers in the papers and I’m just not sure how it translates in terms of the average Filipino since the social division here is so wide, we can place EDSA in between it. I don’t even know what PNoy did to claim all credit.

We just need the smartest governance and everything else will fall into place and knowing the types of people here, we also need an iron fist, and there is a reason why such had worked for Singapore.

Whoever you decided to support, just think about the vast discrepancy of having the leader you want versus the leader this country needs and that should put your thoughts into perspective. This world is bigger than us and the challenges we face.

And I’m glad that our major networks have aired and organized their own debates much like the US elections and it makes me tear up a little that we are learning from our big brothers in the west. Their character, vision, and platforms have been properly laid out and I watched them all in YouTube and I was more entertained than informed because their words are just close to heart, tackling issues that we all or someone we know is going through.

 We just have to keep tabs on how they answered such, so that we can help our leaders achieve it when they have taken their seats. Yes, you heard me right, help. We help them get there but we are in no place to wait for them to do their job since the government comprises of the officials and the people. This is a partnership as much as marriage is for couples. We commit. We must deliver. We may not have direct influence to them but by being working hard or positively winning over those around us, the change we always wanted might just be around the corner.

Treasure real relationships. 


These candidates don’t know who you are so why jeopardize your relationships with your family and friends. It’s just not worth it. So raise your white flags and make amends to people you have offended knowingly or not, and let’s get our hard caps on and get this country back on track.

And for your information, get your buy one take one treat in Starbucks if you will vote.

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Manila's First Ever 'ECOUTURE: Greener Design for a #BetterWorld'

I'm all about making this world a better place and it always energizes me when I get to promote efforts from people who make it happen.


One such organization is the Aboitiz Foundation, the CSR of the Aboitiz Group, one of the nation's biggest conglomerates and not too long ago they've had a big event held in Metro Manila's most fashionable mall, SM Aura to celebrate young Filipino ingenuity dubbed as Ecotoure which brings together the next who's who in the industry while utilizing materials from the different business groups.




Sustainability while making pieces high-end is the goal of reusing such materials into runway-worthy clothing and accessories. And these budding fashion students from the metro's biggest unis did more than that. They embody the very essence why we should do business, and that is to give back to the community and the world.


Ecotoure Event Photo Stories Here


While we're too busy giving into too much consumerism, have we even asked ourselves when was the last time we recycled something? And I'm not even talking about going back to the one that got away but a thing bigger than ourselves. This is environmental protection and if we do our little parts every now and then, then we are contributing to the bigger efforts of living to fight another day.

We are giving the next generations a chance to live a better world, a mantra this organization lives by. And I am not just encouraging you to buy what you only need, but to give away what you don't. Or better yet rethink the way you use your possessions so they have more value to you or others and we all know that doesn't only apply to our wardrobe. Think bigger. And the life you save in the end might be yours one day.





De La Salle-College of St. Benilde bags top prize at 1st Aboitiz Green Fashion Revolution in Manila With a striking blue-white portfolio highlighting the pressing issue of water pollution, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (DLS-CSB) was declared the grand prize winner at the Aboitiz Green Fashion Revolution 2016 last January 30, the first ever to be staged in Manila.


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Accenture Gave Close To Million Pesos; Awesome Apps That Will Change Philippines

Accenture “Program the Future” Competition Recognizes Top Technology Apps Developed by Students


Winning apps promote environment protection & public health

Accenture in the Philippines recently concluded a competition, titled “Program the Future: The Accenture Technology Campus Challenge 2015,” that yielded innovative apps developed by high performing college students to help address environmental and public health and safety issues.

Of the nearly 80 entries received from colleges and universities across the Philippines, the top 10 overall teams were chosen — five teams each for the Games App Challenge and App of the Future Challenge categories.

The champion teams of each category won Php 200,000 and Php 250,000 worth of prizes respectively and an additional Php 50,000 for their respective schools. Meanwhile, the runner-up team for the Games App Challenge was awarded Php 100,000 worth of prizes and the runner-up for the App of the Future Challenge received Php150,000 worth of prizes.

Earth-saving mobile game app


Team Technosaur from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) emerged as the champion in the Games App Challenge for developing “Modern Sweeper,” a 5-in-1 mobile game that challenges players to protect and save the earth. Team members Princess Sicat, Fenela Bagalayos, Marco Francisco, and Paulo Santiago created a game that shows real-life problems that revolve around recycling, waste management, pollution, and dynamite fishing.

Games App Challenge runner-up Team EChO from the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) University highlighted the significance of teaching water conservation to children (ages five to nine) thru their “Water Warrior” mobile game. Team EChO is comprised of Chum Keji Ocan, Jobelle Gerasta, Mark Joseph Fernandez and Junjie Sumalinog.

Team GwaPro and Team Creativs, both from the University of the Philippines Cebu, along with Team Earth Rangers from the University of San Jose Recoletos, completed this year’s finalists in the Games App Challenge category.

Save power with the futuristic home automation app


Team UCL from the University of the Philippines took the top prize in the App of the Future Challenge with a home automation assistant app called “Irina.” According to Romelio Tavas, Jr., Jasper Mendoza, Jake Sabandal, and Randy Beros, their team was inspired by the Internet of Things. “Irina” enables users to command appliances to turn off on their own, present electric consumption in peso value, identify which appliance consumes the most electricity, and help determine electricity consumption trends on a monthly basis.

Team Spectrum’s Charlie Ahl Arreglo, Princess Lykken Abella, Antonio Sotto, Jr., and Joyce Marie Montegrande, also from CIT University, received the runner-up trophy. They developed “Golden Garbage, a waste segregation Android app that helps users locate nearby junk shops and provides information on the recyclable items accepted and their corresponding costs.

De La Salle’s Team CoDiverse, University of the Philippines Diliman’s The In-code-ables and AMA Computer Learning Center, College of Meycauayan’s Team MAX were also part of the top 5 teams in the App of the Future Challenge category. 




Skills development of IT students


Now on its second year, Program the Future seeks to encourage talented youth to use technology to create a greater future for Filipinos and the country. The competition is a testament to Accenture’s continued commitment to enhance the skills of today’s Information Technology (IT) students.

Ambe Tierro, Technology Lead of Accenture in the Philippines and chairman of the panel of judges, commended all the students for creating very impressive apps that exceeded the judges’ expectations.

“The apps that you developed, in addition to the teamwork, collaboration and passion you showed, are proof that our country’s future is in good hands. May you continue to realize that you can use your talents and skills to make a difference,” said Tierro.

In addition to Tierro, the finalists were evaluated by Prof. John Williams of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), ABS-CBN’s Chief Digital Officer Donald Patrick Lim, and some of Accenture’s top executives, including Country Managing Director Lito Tayag, Digital Lead JP Palpallatoc, Platform Lead Chucky Castro, and Delivery Director for the Avanade unit Stephen Alba.


Team Technosaur from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), developer of the game app “Modern Sweeper,” is this year’s Champion in the Games App Category of Program the Future: The Accenture Technology Campus Challenge 2015. Back row (from left to right): Chucky Castro, Platform Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Louise Sabariaga, Country Marketing Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Cydelle Rondaris, Dean, College of Engineering and Technology (CET), PLM; Ambe Tierro, Technology Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; and Donald Patrick Lim, Chief Digital Officer, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation. Front row (from left to right): Charito Molina, Faculty, Computer Studies Department, PLM and Leisyl Ocampo, Chairperson, Department of Computer Studies, PLM; Team Technosaur members: Marco Francisco, Princess Joy Sicat, Fenella Mae Bagalayos and John Paulo Santiago; Alvine Aurelio, Team Coach, Accenture Technology in the Philippines; JP Palpallatoc, Digital Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Atty. Crisanto Saruca, Jr., Officer in Charge, Metro Manila Development Authority’s Traffic Discipline Office; and Jesper Madsen, Country Human Resources Lead, Accenture in the Philippines. Photo taken by Thaddy Boniquit, Accenture Photographers Club.

Team Technosaur


Team Technosaur from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), developer of the game app “Modern Sweeper,” is this year’s Champion in the Games App Category of Program the Future: The Accenture Technology Campus Challenge 2015. Back row (from left to right): Chucky Castro, Platform Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Louise Sabariaga, Country Marketing Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Cydelle Rondaris, Dean, College of Engineering and Technology (CET), PLM; Ambe Tierro, Technology Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; and Donald Patrick Lim, Chief Digital Officer, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation. Front row (from left to right): Charito Molina, Faculty, Computer Studies Department, PLM and Leisyl Ocampo, Chairperson, Department of Computer Studies, PLM; Team Technosaur members: Marco Francisco, Princess Joy Sicat, Fenella Mae Bagalayos and John Paulo Santiago; Alvine Aurelio, Team Coach, Accenture Technology in the Philippines; JP Palpallatoc, Digital Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Atty. Crisanto Saruca, Jr., Officer in Charge, Metro Manila Development Authority’s Traffic Discipline Office; and Jesper Madsen, Country Human Resources Lead, Accenture in the Philippines. Photo taken by Thaddy Boniquit, Accenture Photographers Club.









Team UCL


Team UCL of UP Diliman won top prize in the App of the Future Challenge of Program the Future: The Accenture Technology Campus Challenge 2015. Back row (from left to right): Chucky Castro, Platform Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Louise Sabariaga, Country Marketing Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; and Donald Patrick Lim, Chief Digital Officer, ABS-CBN. Front row (from left to right): Ambe Tierro, Technology Lead of Accenture in the Philippines; Team UCL’s Romelio Tavas, Jr., Randy Beros, Jake Sabandal, and Jasper Mendoza; Prof. Nestor Tiglao, their coach; JP Palpallatoc, Digital Lead of Accenture in the Philippines; Atty. Crisanto Saruca, Jr., Officer in Charge, Metro Manila Development Authority’s Traffic Discipline Office; and Jesper Madsen, Country Human Resources Lead, Accenture in the Philippines.     
          

Team EChO


Team EChO from CIT University who developed the game app “Water Warrior,” 1st runner-up in the Games App Category of Program the Future: The Accenture Technology Campus Challenge 2015. Front row (from left to right): Chucky Castro, Platform Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Louise Sabariaga, Country Marketing Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Ambe Tierro, Technology Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; and Donald Patrick Lim, Chief Digital Officer, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation. Back row (from left to right): Cherry Lyn Sta. Romana, Dean, College of Computer Studies, CIT University; Mark Joseph Fernandez, Junjie Sumalinog, Jobelle Gerasta, and Chum Keji Ocan of Team EChO; JP Palpallatoc, Digital Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Atty. Crisanto Saruca, Jr., Officer in Charge, Metro Manila Development Authority’s Traffic Discipline Office; and Jesper Madsen, Country Human Resources Lead, Accenture in the Philippines.     









Team Spectrum


Team Spectrum from CIT University, 1st Runner-up in the App of the Future Challenge, developed the “Golden Garbage” mobile app. Back row (from left to right): Chucky Castro, Platform Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Louise Sabariaga, Country Marketing Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; and Donald Patrick Lim, Chief Digital Officer, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation. Front row (from left to right): Ambe Tierro, Technology Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Victoria Ocay, Team Coach, Accenture Technology in the Philippines; Cherry Lyn Sta. Romana, Dean, College of Computer Studies, CIT-U; Team Spectrum members: Antonio Sotto, Jr., Charlie Ahl Arreglo, Joyce Marie Montegrande and Princess Lykken Abella; JP Palpallatoc, Digital Lead, Accenture in the Philippines; Atty. Crisanto Saruca, Jr., Officer in Charge, Metro Manila Development Authority’s Traffic Discipline Office; and Jesper Madsen, Country Human Resources Lead, Accenture in the Philippines.     

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The Most Relevant Tech Startup Conference Happens in Manila

In line with its activism to bring small businesses in center of global commerce, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with the Philippine startup community, has organized Slingshot MNL, the most relevant tech startup conference in Asia today.

“Equitable and inclusive growth can only be attained when an enabling environment promotes the full participation of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in global trade,” DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo said.

Domingo, as chair of the newly organized APEC 2015 Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT), advocates the advancement of MSEs as an important part of the country’s quest to enhance regional economic incorporation and the fulfilment of fair and all-encompassing growth.

“In organizing Slingshot MNL, we aim to gather promising startups in the region and present them with potential mentors, investors, and business partners,” DTI Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo Jr. said.

SlingshotMNL will take place on July 6 to 7, 2015 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila. The two-day conference will highlight dialogs with leading figures in the international startup community such as

  • Startup Chile founder Nicolas Shea, 
  • Hugh Mason from leading Asian investment firm JFDI Asia, and 
  • professor Richard Dasher from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.


The conference will also display the products and services of local startups. Apart from general assembly sessions, seminars, and fireside chats, it will also feature a pitching contest and a lineup of local startup exhibitors.

The conference hopes to attract heads of industry, startup incubators, business accelerators, investment and venture capital firms from the United States, Latin America and Asia, as well as successful startup businesses such as UBER, GrabTaxi, Ashoka, Rags2Riches, and AirBnb.

SlingshotMNL is set to cover a variety of themes to help startups absorb tellingly in international operations.

These topics include

  • understanding hubs of innovation, 
  • opportunities in tech startup investing, 
  • redefining scale in the global market place, 
  • impact entrepreneurship; startup ecosystem support, and the 
  • role of universities in the startup community.
SSMNL LIST OF MEETINGSSTART DATEEND DATE
Day 1 - July 6, Monday
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Day 2 - July 7, Tuesday
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“At the heart of every successful startup is a great idea. Slingshot MNL will be a showcase of the greatest of those ideas –a showcase of the incredible things that have already been achieved by startups, and of all that we can still achieve together,” said Earl Martin Valencia, co-founder and President of IdeaSpace Foundation, an accelerator for Philippine tech startups.

Register now at http://www.slingshotmnl.org/



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Have a Business Idea That Can Improve the Lives of Others? BPI Will Pay You For It!

Are you an entrepreneur with a social mission? Or maybe you have a business idea that solves a problem. 

Then make it shine bright and help improve the lives of Filipinos in the BPI Foundation Sinag Challenge

The basic aim of this challenge is to discover, recognize and support young social entrepreneurs who can help uplift Filipino communities. 

How to Apply

Apply now by downloading the application form online or by directly filling out an online application form available on the contest website.

Mechanics

Around 20-30 participants will move on to the Semi-Finals round wherein they will be invited to attend a 6-day Business Bootcamp. From there, ten (10) will compete in the Final Round where they will make a pitch presentation, consisting of oral and PowerPoint presentations before the panel of judges and an audience.

Prizes

Five (5) winners will be rewarded with P200,000 cash + undergo a structured mentoring program over a period of 6 months + opportunity to set up an office at the Ateneo Impact Hub + an access to finance.

From among these winners, one (1) will be named the Grand Winner and will receive additional cash prize worth P300,000.

The 5 non-winners will not go home empty handed because they will receive P50,000 each.


Requirements


  • Individuals and/or groups, 18-35 years old
  • Local residents with beneficiaries in the Philippines
  • Leads an existing social enterprise in operation for not more than 3 years and being implemented in specific marginalized communities or social sectors in the country
  • The social business addresses a specific social problem and aimed at generating a defined social impact
  • The social enterprise is financially sustainable
  • The enterprise has not received cumulative funding in excess of $50,000 or P2 million
  • If you don't have a social enterprise running, you must at least have a definite social enterprise idea or concept in mind, but need guidance in order to plan and start the social business


Contest Mechanics


  1. Log on to sinag.bpifoundation.org and download the application form. You can also choose to fill out an application form online
  2. Send your application form to bpisinag@gmail.com with subject "BPISinagEntry_Lastname, Firstname, Middleinitial "
  3. Competition Stages
  4. Selection Round
  5. A panel of screeners will select the top 20-30 participants from the entries submitted
  6. Elimination /Semi- Final Round
  7. Five (5) judges will select the ten (10) Finalists who will make a Pitch Presentation in the Finals
  8. Finalists will be invited to attend the 6-day Business Bootcamp after which they will compete for the Top Ten Finalist slots
  9. Final Round
  10. Each finalist will make a pitch presentation, consisting of oral and PowerPoint presentations before the Panel of Judges and an audience
  11. Each finalist will be given a maximum of 7 minutes to deliver their pitch presentation
  12. After each pitch presentation, the panel of jurors will be given a maximum of 5 minutes for questions addressed to the finalist
  13. The criteria and scoring system with a scoring sheet will be distributed to all jurors ahead of the judging. There will be one scoring sheet per finalist or business plan
  14. A panel of five (5) judges will select the five (5) winners and the Grand Champion

Judging Criteria

Selection Round

40% Potential to attain desired social impact
30% Strong business model – financial and market potential
30% Innovative approach


Elimination Round

33.3% Business Model, Mission, Vision & Objectives (entrepreneurial spirit, mission & vision, logic & feasibility; realistic & sound objectives)
33.3% Market Strategies & Competitive Analysis (soundness; depth of market knowledge)
33.4% Design & Development Plan (logic, implementability, comprehensiveness of business model; supportive of the social value proposition)


Final Round

20% Business Model, Mission, Vision & Objectives (entrepreneurial spirit, mission & vision, logic & feasibility; realistic & sound objectives)
20% Market Strategies & Competitive Analysis (soundness; depth of market knowledge)
20% Design & Development Plan (logic, implementability, comprehensiveness of business model; supportive of the social value proposition)
20% Financial Plan (realistic projections consistent with development plan)
10% Management & Organization Plan (managerial experience, cohesiveness & efficiency)
10% Written Plan/Pitch Presentation (Clear, concise, well-written/well-presented interesting business plan)


If your group lands in the semi-finals, you can only send a maximum of one (1) representative to the Bootcamp

The panel of judges for the selection of finalists and winners will consist of business educators, social entrepreneurs, social development experts, and marketing/functional specialists nominated by BPI Foundation and ADMU-John Gokongwei School of Management

The decision of the panel of judges is final and irrevocable

Contest Period: Submission of entries until July 20, 2015
October 6, 2015 - Selection of winners

Contest Prize

Grand Prize - One (1) winner of P300,000 CASH
Final Round Prize - Five (5) winners of
P200,000 CASH each
Undergo a structured Mentoring program over a period of 6 months
Will be entitled to set up office at the Ateneo Impact Hub, a physical incubator for start-up social businesses
Access to finance
Consolation Prize - Five (5) finalists will receive P50,000 EACH

For more info, log on to sinag.bpifoundation.org


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Spain is Coming to Invade Philippines Again #awesomeph



Time has stood witness to the centuries-long bond between our country and Espana. They have colonized us long enough to instill some family values, cultural and faithful traditions that we hold so dear today. In the next few days, that bond would soon be rekindled but in a grander, more festive and flavorful way as we celebrate the Madrid Fusion Manila 2015. Check out the artsy upbeat TVC above.

About Madrid Fusion

It is a yearly conference and trade show where the greatest chefs, entrepreneurs and tycoons in the industry come together and build the future of food in Madrid. We are lucky enough that Department of Tourism and SM brings it here for the locals to have a taste of the good life.

“SM is proud to be the venue of the historic Madrid Fusion Manila. We believe that one of the Philippines’ best-kept secrets is our rich culinary heritage,” said Steven Tan, SM Supermalls Senior VP.

I am personally inviting you to take your love for food to the next level this April 24-26, 2015, at the the Madrid Fusion Manila 2015 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

There's going to be a Gastronomy Congress where food tasting will overflow and avant-garde techniques in food prep and serving will be demonstrated by eight Spanish chefs who have been flown in for the event.

A Trade Exhibition will showcase the latest in food gadgetry and supplies.

There's also the Festival of the Philippines where hotels and restaurants will brandish celebrity chefs in food tours, trucks, tastings, and bar crawls all month of April.

New food concepts will be available at select SM Mall of Asia restaurants, while SM Aura Premier will host its own Spanish-themed fiesta with music, dancing, food and drinks on April 26 at the Sky Park lawn.

Also from April 24-26, irresistible dining deals await all food lovers at SM Megamall’s newly-opened Mega Food Hall.

#JayseeBlabs About Food Event Marketing

Event Marketing is a very dynamic industry that juggles through visual design, program handling, guest relations, staff coordination, branding and advertising, on top of that you need to creatively capitalize on the audience's innate nature for the love of food and flavor. 

It is a good thing to note that companies has begin to tap on social media for marketing and feedback aggregation all the while using the messages about the cultural roots to draw attention and personalizing the campaign. 

But then again one measure of success is how much buzz is generation and creating a 'regionalized' version of the world-class event right here in our land is a big challenge. Lifestyle here in the metro has already matched the pace of our western counterparts so adoption of such ideas has not been much of a drag. So when in doubt, choose food.



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Manila's New Comfort Food Addiction

Filipino culinary virtuoso CHEF MENOY GIMENEZ introduced the “Traveler’s Menu” now available at TITO CHEF EXPRESS in Microtel Acropolis. He showcased the gourmet tastes found in the well-chosen dishes from the highlighted menu.

With the celebrated blend of classic food at reasonable prices, the new Traveler’s Menu pleased the tastes of the guests. From the luscious appetizers that elated everyone’s liking to the plentiful servings of the mains, and the satiating desserts, the well-curated menu truly mirrored the cooking panache of Chef Menoy in Tito Chef Express, which is enchantingly candid comfort food enthused from the classic preferences of every Filipino home.

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Affordable and well portioned at the price of PhP 250 for each dish, the menu selection is a perfect choice for people looking for something quickly served and conveniently available anytime within the day.

  • From the creamy hit of Fish in Pesto Cream to the 
  • spicy kick of Salmon Ramen, 
  • the juicy punch of American Burger, 
  • the savory mix of Barbecued Chicken Jambalaya and the 
  • braise attack of Smothered Pork Chop, 


the Traveler’s Menu had indeed let the taste buds of the guests travel from East to West with its flavors from around the world.


Spanish Chorizo & Mushroom Penne
Spanish Chorizo & Mushroom Penne

Tito Chef Express brings a unique and progressive menu that has comfort food delights, which include

  • starters, 
  • entrees, 
  • pastas, and 
  • desserts. 


The restaurant also offers

  • afternoon tea morsels, 
  • breakfast and 
  • lunch buffets, 
  • full-service catering packages, 
  • party trays, and 
  • in-house banquets. 



Honored to be under the well-known aegis of The Romulo Food Group since 2013, the modern restaurant in the metro north took the hearts of connoisseurs in Eastwood area who love to appreciate kitchen-crafted meals, cozy atmosphere, and whole-hearted service.

Tito Chef at Microtel Acropolis - Interior
Tito Chef at Microtel Acropolis

From The Romulo Food Group of restaurateurs Enzo and Sandie Squillantini,
TITO CHEF EXPRESS 
Ground floor of Microtel Acropolis,
E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue,
Bagumbayan, Quezon City.

For inquiries and reservations:
call +632.962.8899 / +63916.343.5331
email titochefrestaurant@gmail.com



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Beyond The Enchanting Panoramic Pine View You Shouldn't Miss

Home to one of the most gruesome stories in history, Baguio has a lot of stories to tell which has intrigued thousands of tourists year after year. A Victorian-style mansion known as White Laperal House has been known to be a place where suspected spies get tortured and killed during the World War II. This has become a quirky Bamboo museum and has been a setting for a very haunting film, White House.

The dilapidated Diplomat Hotel was a spooky part of our itinerary. The grunge texture of the abandoned structure is witness to its tragic past. As you'll walk through halls you can just imagine your hair raise as you try to take each other's portraits in the hopes of capturing a spirit on film. Urban legend has it that nuns were beheaded during the onset of the War.

Not just your ordinary university town, Baguio is like an enchanted princess all clad in gems as flowers. Romantic parks abound with spectacular panoramic views that is sure to leave you breathless. The city has become touristy, yes, but never spoiled. It continues to be a quaint town uphill nestled in the middle of mountain ranges where the cool air gushes around and invigorates locals and the allured visitors alike. Record low temperatures could reach 6 degrees Celcius that is why homes, malls, hotels, etc. need not place air conditioning and instead use large fans for circulation.

This highly-urbanized yet art-nurturing city comes alive when the Panagbenga festivities drums its beats, when city dwellers take that long drive to seek refuge during the Holy Week and when the Christmas season delights everyone in merry making.

With some land areas designed to grow fresh organic crops and healthy tangy blood red strawberries that you can pick yourself, it has been a haven for people seeking nutritious food and novel pasalubong delicacies as well.

If you can't go there any time soon then enjoy these snaps in the meantime...

Session Road Art Haven








The Grotto



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The Diplomat Hotel












Tam-Awan Garden in the Sky


Tam-Awan Garden in the Sky Baguio

Tam-Awan Garden in the Sky Baguio

Tam-Awan Garden in the Sky Baguio


Tam-Awan Garden in the Sky Baguio

Tam-Awan Garden in the Sky Baguio

Tam-Awan Garden in the Sky Baguio

Tam-Awan Garden in the Sky Baguio

Tam-Awan Garden in the Sky Baguio

Tam-Awan Garden in the Sky Baguio

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The Strawberry Farm


The Strawberry Farm Baguio


The Strawberry Farm Baguio

The Strawberry Farm Baguio




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The Parks




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jaysee pingkian jayseeblabs baguio








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Thank you to Mr Vincent Tabor and Azalea Residences for making this possible!

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