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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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Don’t Waste Time! Apply These 6 Simple Techniques To Improve Water Conservation

El Nino is coming to ravage Philippines once again under the guise of summer season but this as we all know makes temperatures skyrocketing, pushing living costs at its peak, and water consumption being on top. Here are simple, actionable and practical ways that will help you live reasonably while at the same time, conserving water at home. Thanks to Cebu City Government for these infographics and I hope you find it useful!





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Calling all Cebu High School and College Students for a Chance of a Lifetime!

Can you please help us invite young leaders ages 12-20 years  to join the 9th Season of the Young Minds Academy?

What is Young Minds Academy?

Young Minds Academy (YMA) is a youth leadership and citizenship development program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. – Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center, which aims to develop the youth to become responsible and accountable leaders and pro-active citizens who are ready to serve the public and its interests.

This is done through experiential learning sessions, community visits, immersions, project development, and project implementation anchored on the theme Urban Development with emphasis on Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Response.


How to join?


Form a team of five (5) members under one of the following categories:
•        Generation A : 17-20 years old
•        Generation B : 12-16 years old

Accomplish the following:

Team requirements


  1. Completed team application form (YMA Application Form 01)
  2. Letter of recommendation and support from any of the following: school, barangay, office/organization, church, or whatever group the team is representing indicating their willingness and commitment to monitor the team and ensure that they abide by the rules and comply with the requirements of YMA. 
  3. A Team Accountability Partner who shall serve as a team partner, ensuring and monitoring the team’s compliance in YMA requirements.  


Individual Requirements


  1. Completed individual application form (YMA Application Form 02)
  2. Completed medical review and release of liability form (YMA Application Form 03)
  3. Certified true copy of birth certificate
  4. An essay on “What citizenship means to me” in no more than 300 words (Arial, 11, double spaced, short bond paper)
  5. A counterpart contribution of:
  •          - Public High School Students and Out-of-School Youth - Php600
  •          - State Universities/ Colleges Students- Php800
  •          - Private Schools (High School and College) Students - Php1,000

Submit completed application forms and requirements to RAFI for short listing and screening.  You may mail or submit in person at the following address:

                                    The Executive Director
                                    Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center
                                    Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.
                                    35 Lopez Jaena St. Cebu City 6000

Deadline for application is on March 7, 2015.

Get your application forms from the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center, 35 Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City or download them at www.rafi.org.ph/yma-application.

For your queries, please feel free to contact us through Jenny Lea Tan at 418-7234 loc 112 or 09233550980 or email jenny.lea.tan@rafi.org.ph.


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MBA Diaries: Awesome Things To Know Before Starting Business in PH

There are a lot of resources that gives an in-depth discussion on the requirements needed to legalize business here in the Philippines. The fundamentals and documentation requirements in filing for these make the very foundation of the entrepreneurial work we are to embark in. 

From single proprietorship, partnerships and corporations, requirements differ whichever the government deems necessary and suitable.

There is going to be a great deal of work to be done when starting up but since the DTI has actively devised the Philippine Business Registry, getting into business has never been easier.

SSS and BIR requirements are very long, specific and at times, arduous but are very important in nation building through tax collection and pension planning of everyone in the industry not just with the employees we will employ but our own as well. I couldn’t stress the importance of PhilHealth requirements too in ensuring our labor force are well taken care of.

Corporations whether stock or non-stock should register under Securities and Exchange Commission to ensure the entity is legal.

Brokers and dealers need to do market regulation department and it was great to know long it actually takes to file reports and forms. Investment houses, underwriters, transfer agents and self-regulatory organizations have their own reports and examinations to pass as well. The periodic monitoring is important to ensure the entities operating and financial health.



Philippine Business Registration, Licensing and Permitting 

My spiritual adviser and classmate, Ms Reba, reported in avery entertaining and informative matter. She aided us through a bird’s eye view on how to actually name and make all the necessary steps to help jumpstart your business into actual operation.

We have the BNRS system from the DTI website to search if the name has been registered by someone else or not. We’ve come to realize that you need to register your business to any of the three government agencies depending on the nature: DTI, SEC or CDA if you are a cooperative.

The government has risen up to the challenge to making it easier for business to apply for registration thus spurring productivity and improve the country’s competitiveness.

 The PBR or Philippine Business Registry has been the innovation that the DTI-NERBAC has introduced to streamline the registration with ease since you get to be registered into five national government agencies in a few minutes. The PBR is formerly managed by our professor, Ms Yap, and this positive development has been the product of workshops and seminars hosted by NERBAC 7, a governing board with the support of Cebu City Government.

With less than 30 minutes, you can have a registration to SSS, DTI, PhilHealth and Pag-ibig Fund on the same site in Cebu City. The licensing and permitting process enables any business to be legalized with the city mayor’s approval.

Good news: We now have the business permit and licensing system to ensure payment of taxes in a systematized manner. All these processes makes application for new business a breeze and aspiring entrepreneurs could never be happier. 


Philippine Business Technology Advancement 


Ms Endo was able to define the advancement in the area of technology and has narrowed it down to five examples such as construction, medical, information and environmental, and travel.

These technologies have affected e-commerce in a lot of ways as the exchange of products and services can now be done through the internet.

The advancements has affected the present-day entrepreneur through creating a climate suitable for business, ICT streamlining business operations and most of all the business transactions grow exponentially.

 I have also known about different strategies that improve enterprise productivity such as strengthening business fundamentals, reducing asset intensity and bolstering planning capabilities.

I believe one of the best things that technology has contributed is the value-based management principles and improving cost-efficiency and customer satisfaction. 


Philippine Business Enterprise Identification and Selection 

Ms. Cepe's team was able to give us the greatest factors in identifying a business project which is very useful. Introducing the useful techniques we can use such as finding a business opportunity, supply demand, studying import and export movements and capitalizing on available resources, can help us become great business people someday.

Teaching us to adapt, complement and reshape is one thing but for us to successfully indentify an enterprise we need to explore backward forward industry linkages and screen and select the best investment alternative. 

We have two options: to buy an existing business or take a franchise and they have done such a great job of optimizing the pros and cons of franchising as well. 

The advantages of not starting from scratch is that you are able to use an established brand and customer base as well ongoing research and development with around the clock training and support. But if you have a raw business idea you need to be able to ask yourself about the scope and criteria, your knowledge of the industry, your field experience and skills, ease of entry and how unique your idea is. This topic helps me know the market for the product as well as creating a service and putting it all together so that the finances would eventually follow.

After assessing potential market, technicalities, organization and operational needs, I am pretty sure implementing business plans would go smoothly for the most part.






All of these are my reflections from my Entrepreneurship Class MBA 103 at University of San Jose Recolletos - Cebu Class 2014.

Go to DTI.gov.ph for more details on starting a business in the Philippines!


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Maple of Pancake House now opens in Cebu! @mapleph

MaplePH is Manila’s premier all-day fine-dining restaurant where modern cuisine meets a family friendly atmosphere. The restaurant features western-styled comfort food with an American trained chef, international methods and top quality ingredients. 

Inspired by classic children’s fairy tales, service staff pay extra attention to ensure that all guests, young and old, are transported to a home away from home. 


Blueberry Pancake Tower


Maple Cebu features breakfast items such as the

  1. gourmet Prime Rib Tapa and the 
  2. Philippines’ “best” Pancakes, 

lunch favorites such as the

  1. MAPLE Burger and 
  2. low calorie Fish Tacos, and 

delectable entrees including

  1. `Drippin’ Baby Back Ribs and the 
  2. hand crafted Spaetzle Jambalaya 
Drippin’ Baby Back Ribs


MaplePH ’s debut locations in Makati, Mandaluyong and Alabang are already getting raves for its unique blend of casual and modern food fare.

This July 26, 2014, they will be opening of their first provincial outlet in Ayala Center Cebu and it would be their privilege to have you.

Like Maple Cebu on Facebook today!

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Cebu #Startup Weekend 2014 Champions Aspiring Entrepreneurs @swcebu @CebuBizMonth

Everyone who are willing to build up businesses, aspiring marketers and passionate entrepreneurs whether with technical or non-technical background, from students to professionals to retired persons who have a passion to build a business or desire to learn how, or anyone who are established business persons looking for technology partners are encouraged to be part of the community of startup enthusiasts, who gather together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch start-ups.

The University of Cebu (UC) – Banilad Campus will play host to the fourth leg of Startup Weekend Cebu (SWC) slated on June 6, 7 and 8, 2014 at 6:30PM to 10:00PM.
 
The 54-hour event starts with an “open mic” pitching of business ideas on Friday night, wherein attendees are urged to bring out their ideas and inspire others who are present to join or make their team.

Each team should focus on:

  1. customer development, 
  2. validating their ideas, 
  3. practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and 
  4. building a minimal viable product over Saturday and Sunday. 
Afterwards, on Sunday evening, teams turn their ideas into prototypes, and demo it for presentation to receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Last year’s SWC3 winners included 1st place winner Edroll, 2nd place winner BloodMatch and 3rd place winner At Your Service Bai.

Organizers of Cebu Startup Weekend anticipate a more productive and exciting field for the participants joining the three-day event. Organized by high-profiled volunteers from TechTalks.ph, a SEC-registered non-profit of business, which provides opportunities for training and connection with the right resources to help the Philippine grassroots community become more globally competitive.

“Technology fires up businesses.  Technology makes businesses grow faster globally.  This strengthens our position as we approach ASEAN Integration.  We are excited with our partnership with Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) for Cebu Business Month,” said TechTalks.ph founder Tina Amper.

She is also a global organizer of World Startup Report, a social project to connect and document startup communities worldwide. Rica Ruth Serenio is this year’s SWC lead organizer, who is the Co-founder of Offshore Consultancy and Business Services and a senior member of Techtalks.ph, and an Alumni and Winner of Startup Weekend Cebu 3.

This year’s SWC will not only help the participants in promoting tech entrepreneurship but also will teach them to be successful entrepreneurs towards global competitiveness. Everyone is guaranteed to leave the event already equipped with an effective foundation to launch profitable ventures in the world of start-ups.

To join SWC, all you need is to register online at www.cebu.startweekend.com. Registration includes 7 free meals, coaching by more than 7 mentors who are leaders, tech innovators, start-ups and business, and $100 AWS credit to allow members to start hosting their websites on “Amazon Web Services Cloud”.

SWC is one of the highlights of this year’s Cebu Business Month (CBM) of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI).

Since 1996, the CBM has become an institutionalized month-long jubilee of the business community founded by CCCI, the only ISO-certified chamber in the Philippines.  CBM features, a series of events that highlight and inspire more successes in the Cebu Business Community as well as advocate, share and provide more dynamic and optimistic road for a sustainable business atmosphere in Cebu and the neighbouring islands.

For further inquiries, you may email at cebu@startupweekend.org or tooomaru@gmail.com. Like them on Facebook, Startup Weekend Cebu, and follow them on twitter, @swcebu.

You may also contact CCCI Media Relations Officer Nova Nhie Cruz through (032) 232-1421 to 24 local 112, or visitwww.cebubusinessmonth.net. Also like CBM 2014 on Facebook, www.facebook.com/CebuBbusinessMonth, and follow us on Twitter, @CebuBizMonth.



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Marvelous Movenpick Fantastic Friends #summer

When in Cebu and is still trying to scour through last minute summer escapades with family or friends, then you may want to check out one of the cutest hotel around. Modern chic furniture against bright inviting color schemes makes Movenpick Hotel Mactan one of the best vacation spots complete with a beautiful small beachline, well-kept green open spaces and pools to die for. Almost quite literally.

Did I mention that they glow at night giving you that out-of-this-world experience as we did when we watched the Avatar 3D? They have a little waterfall that leads to the beach too. The rooms where spacious and sterile enough to accommodate all our mischief. The beds, ah, make you sleep to coma.

We thank the Movenpick Hotel Mactan staff for responding into every request we had and to lovable Melcah who all brought us there.

Enough chit chat, indulge in some snaps.

Thanks to my baby bro Kevin and Lloydie for the photo shoot!


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Know someone or an org doing awesome stuff for the country? 6th RAFI Triennial Awards

May we invite you to nominate individuals and institutions to the 6th RAFI Triennial Awards.

The awards program aims to recognize people and organizations who have committed themselves to building a more humane, equitable and caring society.  

It is given in 2 categories: the Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual and the Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution.

The Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual is open to every Filipino, natural born or naturalized citizen, at least 30 years old, and of good moral character whose dedication to their profession has made significant contributions to the advancement of the well-being of fellow Filipinos. 
The Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution is open to all institutions or organizations. They may be government organizations, non-government organizations, civic organizations, or people’s organizations, which have been established for at least three years, with functional programs and work with other groups in bringing about comprehensive and responsible development.

To nominate, you may fill out the attached nomination form and mail it to:

Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center 
Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. 
35 Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City, 6000 



You may also send your nominations through email at mel.yan@rafi.org.ph;
OR through text by keying in
Nominee's Full Name <space> Nominee's Contact Details <space> Name of Person Nominating, 
and sending to 0949-764-3525 or to 0927-576-8055; 



OR by logging on to www.rafi.org.ph/event/nomination-form



Deadline for submission of nominations is on May 31, 2014. 

Winners of each award category will be given a trophy, cash prize of not less than Php 400,000, and the opportunity to travel in the Visayas and Mindanao to share their expertise and experience to various groups. 
Nominations are also accepted from government agencies, non-government organizations, people’s organizations, civil society, academe, and the business sector. Self-nomination is discouraged.




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CCCI Awesome Schedule of Activities Cebu #Business Month 2014 @CebuBizMonth

Organizers of Cebu Business Month 2014 has set the Grand Opening Salvo of this year’s Cebu Business Month this Friday, May 30, 2014 at 4:00PM at The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu.

Cebu Business Month features a month-long series of events geared towards inspiring more successes in the Cebu Business Community. CBM is organized and held annually by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI).

In the opening festivity, highlights of the CBM 2014 activities will then be introduced together with the official declaration of CBM 2014’s grand opening.  After which, a fantastic fireworks display will be held followed by a concert by the Zee Band and Rave Party.

CBM 2014 carries the theme “ASEAN 2015 and Beyond” and offers “Big and Bold” highlighted activities that will spark to the growth of Cebu’s businesses towards global competitiveness.  These activities focus on CCCI’s major thrusts, which include ICT & Business Process Management (BPM), Tourism and Investment Promotion, Entrepreneurship and Creative Industries and Advocacy.


  • CBM 2014 activities will start on June 2-3 for Cebu ICT and BPM Conference and Expo at 8:00AM to 5:00PM at Marco Polo Plaza Hotel; 
  • Start-up Weekend on June 6-8 at 6:30PM to 10:00PM at University of Cebu-Banilad Campus; 
  • An Entrepreneurship Seminar about Building a National Brand and Going Nationwide on June 10 at 9:00AM to 5:00PM at Cebu City Marriott Hotel; 
  • June 12 to 14 for Franchising Negosyo Para sa Cebu, which will be organized by the Philippine Franchise Association, at 10:00AM to 9:00PM at Ayala Center Cebu.



  • The 2nd Cebu-In-The-Bag: Island Madness Sale will be on June 13 to 15 at SM City Cebu; 
  • Second Entrepreneurship Seminar about Competing in the Global Space on June 17 at 9:00AM to 5:00PM at Harolds Hotel; 
  • June 19 for Tourism and Investment Forum at 8:00AM to 3:00PM at Marco Polo Plaza Hotel; 
  • June 20 for Tourism and Investment Night Roundtable Discussion on the Economic Development of Cebu at 5:30 PM at Radisson Blu Hotel;
  • June 21 for Business- Academe Forum at Radisson Blu Hotel, 9:30AM to 5:00PM; 
  • June 22 for 2nd Cebu Run for the Rivers at SM City Cebu Northwing, 4:00AM to 9:00AM.



  • Three events are scheduled on June 24: Third Entrepreneurship Seminar on Basics in Successful Exporting at Cebu Grand Hotel, 9:00AM to 5:00PM, 
  • the Cebu International Documentary Film Festival at SM City Cebu Cinema 1 at 1:00PM to 4:00PM, and the 
  • Visayan Pop-Song Writing Competition- Finals Night at SM City Cebu Cinema 1 at 8:00PM to 10:00PM; 
  • June 26 for Business-In-Golf Tournament at Cebu Country Club, 6:00AM; June 27 for Creative Industries Cebu: Salon Talks at 32 Sanson by Rockwell, 1:00PM to 5:00PM; 
  • And June 28 for the Grand Chamber Awards and Fellowship Night at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, 5:30PM to 10:00PM, on the same day there will be 
  • Mega Jobs Fair with the Cebu City Government at Cebu City Sports Center, 8:00AM to 5:00PM.


The Cebu business community, firms and individuals interested in exploring business possibilities are encouraged to rally support for CBM 2014 order to take advantage of the opportunities to be opened by the ASEAN Economic Integration in 2015.

Since 1996, the CBM has become an institutionalized month-long jubilee of the business community founded by CCCI, the only ISO-certified chamber in the Philippines.  CBM features, a series of events that highlight and inspire more successes in the Cebu Business Community as well as advocate, share and provide more dynamic and optimistic road for a sustainable business atmosphere in Cebu and the neighboring islands.

For further inquiries, please contact CCCI Media Relations Officer Nova Nhie Cruz through (032) 232-1421 to 24 local 112, or visit www.cebubusinessmonth.net. Also like CBM 2014 on Facebook,www.facebook.com/CebuBbusinessMonth, and follow us on Twitter, @CebuBizMonth.





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That Eye-Candy Wonderland Waterpark

We had the luxury of celebrating Miggy's birthday at one of the most critically-acclaimed resorts in Mactan, Cebu, thanks to my sister. Formerly known as Imperial Palace, JPark boasts of world-class resort facilities, the best of Filipino hospitality and service that after a great weekend, I would rate our family's experience close to excellent! We were treated like royals as the brand promises that I'd dare say that they should give their people a raise.

JPark's location is extremely accessible from the airport and is situated by the beach for open sea lovers but family-friendly enough as they boast of a vast waterpark estate with six eye-candy wonderland pools designed to make fun a loving priority all in different themes each. From the wide range of amazing well-kept pools, you can lounge in your floaters by the lazy river, sip a chilled drink at the submerged pool bar, scream your way down the long winding tubes of their awesome death-defying towers of waterslides and feel the premium-grade white sand at your toes as you look at the sunset at a private beach with crystal clear sea waters sparkling from the sun's retiring rays.


jpark mactan cebu

jpark mactan cebu view

jpark mactan cebu view







The two-bedroom suite was luxuriously spacious and the beds were to die for, almost quite literally. Our balcony gave us a great view of the mountains brimming fog lights from the sunset and the calm sea rests and hums on the other side.

But the best part would be the widest selection when we succumbed at the buffet in Familia as international cuisine was there to drown us with flavor and dish from every major country. Truly a feast for the eyes and a great fill for your tummies where memorable family moments happen.

At that time, we were more or less the only Filipino guests as Korean families were out and about. With supreme prices, you couldn't blame kababayans if they are not patrons of such luxury but the business is sustainable since you really get what you paid for and they cater to people who only want the best for themselves and the ones they love anyway.

And now some snaps...

jaysee pingkian jayseeblabs at jpark


jaysee pingkian jayseeblabs at jpark


jpark mactan cebu night view

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jaysee pingkian jayseeblabs at jpark

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jpark mactan cebu


jaysee pingkian jayseeblabs at jpark


jaysee pingkian jayseeblabs at jpark

Our birthday boy greeted by the JPark Staff!

And on our way home, we met the legendary policeman and the bravest mayor in the Philippines, Mr Alfredo Lim. Trivia: There are 4 films that depict his action-packed life story! He just went to a whole new level of awesomeness!




JPark Rebranding Details 

JPark is a combination of the names of businessmen Justin Uy and Park Yong Jun, leaders of the Philippine BXT Corp. They have revamped the name in hopes of targeting more consumers after dominating the Korean market and if you examine closely, the new name is scalable and adaptable to different cultures of the regions as they implement their masterplans to open up new resort sites around the country.

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Check out their Official Website

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Open Graduation Letter To My Baby Bro

Kif!

Congratulations! You made it! I will support whatever it is you decide to do from this point on as I always did when we were young.

I just wish there was someone who could have told me this when I graduated: real world sucks. Competition is cutthroat, expectations are high and it'll seem that the whole world is waiting for you to fail. But guess what? It took me a long time to figure life out and the only way to survive is to actually not care. Yep, you heard me right.

  • Don't give an F about anything that doesn't matter. It's easy to get distracted in life but if you just write down your goals and aspirations and look into it daily, your mind will conceive and the universe will connive to make it happen. You saw my post-its in my room. That's what it was for.
  • Don't even care if you fail. If you fail, the better. Why? You become a better version of yourself. Don't care about words coming from people who don't want the best for you. 
  • Don't even care especially if you are not involved. That sounded selfish but sometimes you have to learn the art of letting go. 

Yes, letting go. Learn when to raise the white flag when the battle is not worth fighting for anymore but it takes soooo much wisdom to know the right time.

Life is a battlefield. Love the people who are on your side, create strategies to get where you want to be, network with the right stakeholders who will help you win your war and lastly, just be awesome and don't try so hard while you're at it! It just happens.

Be a very good friend. Be remembered as someone who brought joy and awesomeness into the world!

Work smart not hard. Really.

You grew up pampered by your mom and dad but you should remember that life is not a walk in the park. It drags your head down and throws you around like a baby unwittingly thrashing his toy.

Just do what we always do best... survive.

Make happiness your goal every day.

Always remember that God works in mysterious ways, there are times we think we've lost all hope but everything gets better. It always does. He will bless you. He always does. Just live a simple, happy life. Focus on your goals and dreams and don't forget to thank everyone who got you where you are today. I may not be at home anymore to watch over you but you know how to reach me.



Stay safe,

Koki

And now some snaps... sorry girls he is committed to a lovely lady.







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How to do Kickass Rebranding and Awesome Social Media Strategy

Social Media Primer

What is social media?

Social Media is defined as a conversation powered by online platforms. Conversations between all people in the internet.

There is no regulation and no formal organization so an expert consultation is needed to aid entities who wish to utilize this form of media. Content that you share has to be emergent, fun, compelling but the key thing is to listen to your target audience.

The ability of your target audience to respond in real-time makes goals quantifiable as well as measurable qualitatively. It is a brand new way of understanding markets not just another messaging channel.

What are the things you can do with social media?


  1. Post real-time updates and advisories
  2. Complement your traditional media campaigns by making the materials available online
  3. Archive and distribute important government documents meant for public distribution
  4. Promote events 
  5. Raise awareness
  6. Crowd source materials, ideas, feedback, suggestion
  7. Recruit volunteers
  8. Raise funds


What are its limitations?

It is not a magic bullet, it will not help you if you don’t develop your brand, and if you don’t have a staff. As with any other medium, it takes time: to listen, to participate, to generate buzz and build a community. The biggest struggle non-profits and government have is understanding the platforms as tools to engage communities, that is what new media companies are built for.


Why is it important?

Internet usage is growing at an exponential rate. This year, Asia Pacific is expected to triple theirs with wifi-enabled mobile computing devices becoming commodities. Corporations, governments and NGOs are capitalizing on their social media profiles to engage.

Philippines has a fair chance to achieving the same brand success given the right tools, planning, and implementation. GlobalWebIndex published a study about social networking usage for 2011-212 and we, Filipinos, ranks first; all the more reasons to tap the medium. Industry insiders attribute it to our culture of kinship among family and friends.

Publicity.com reports that it took radio and TV to reach 50 million users. Facebook added 100 million users in 6 months. Amazing isn’t it?

No wonder why department and agencies of developing countries’ governments are on Facebook: Department of Health Victoria AU and Department of Health and Health Services of the US.


Overview of Social Media Planning


  1. Preplanning
    • Listening to existing benchmark entities and target market
  2. Planning
    • Setting goals
    • Developing brand
    • Developing key messages
    • Developing social media plan
    • Choosing the right platforms
  3. Implementation
    • Social media scheduling or action plan or workflow
    • Creating content
    • Posting content
    • Engage
  4. Evaluation and Recommendation
    • Checking metrics
    • Updating campaign strategy




Sample redesigned Cover Photo for National Nutrition Council Region 7 (NNCRVII)

Full-scale Implementation Proposal

Case Study for @NNCRVII


PROBLEM


  1. Workflow Managment. NNC 7 has to consolidate all social media properties.
  2. Branding. Needs to strengthen brand to effectively deliver key messages: 2012 NUTRITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR FILIPINOS 
  3. Promotion. Needs to let citizens in the region practice healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits


SOLUTION

Full-scale implementation of rebranding of NNC 7, developing content that engage target market, quantify results and widen reach, positive brand perception to increase reputation, authority, build community, loyalty and mind recall, hire an NNC outsourced social media manager to post, engage and maintain social media properties and brand equities.


GOALS


  1. Develop strong branding guidelines for NNC 7
  2. Increase Facebook page followers
  3. Increase Facebook page targeted content engagement
  4. Increase Twitter page followers
  5. Increase Twitter page targeted content engagement
  6. Create social media content (ONLINE) and marketing collateral (OFFLINE) that effectively deliver the key messages included in the 2012 NUTRITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR FILIPINOS 
  7. Update communities in the region about NNC 7 projects and advisories


Main Target Audience

Region VII Filipino Youth Age 14-22 (High School to College Students)
Region VII Filipino Young Adults Age 23-30 (Working Professionals and Young Parents)







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See the Grandest Picnic in the Philippines Come Alive

From a small ice cream parlor to one of the country's biggest multinational with brand in every fastfood category possible, Jollibee traces its roots from creating awesome family experiences in their stores. And what better way to thank their patrons for the decades of amazing success than throwing out the grandest picnic in the country simultaneously on the key cities.

Celebrating my last day in Cebu, I attended the pumped up event with Spongecola serenading the crowd and was soon followed by today's rising stars Gerald Anderson and Julie Anne San Jose.

For more info on the Family Bee Day check this post out!

My Jollibee Selfie #langhapsarap nuh?!

Me and MJ bumping into each other covering the event!

Spongecola parades through before their electrifying performance!

The epic Gerald Anderson selfie!

Julie Anne San Jose charms the crowd!

Thank you Ms Kezia of Stratworks and MJ for the awesome photos!

#JayseeBlabs Closer Look On Family-Oriented Brands

With the Filipino food industry being so saturated, one brand has stood the test of time. Jollibee has long embedded family traditions into our lives as modern Pinoy society is concerned. As a child, I could always remember how happy I'd get everytime my family and I would go to the nation's most famous fastfood chain for a weekend lunch. They were not the first to set up shop but they did localize their competitor and guaranteed something better.

It's not just how consistent they have served their products but the pleasant experience they give to consumers like me. The competitive marketing sector who builds emotional connections with their target audience will always fare better than those who don't. That is why businesses go to extensive lengths to rebrand themselves and develop marketing messages that relate to their customers. Making memorable events happen to consumer's lives supports the social ideals of the company's values, brand promise, and vision of the future.

Capitalizing on customer loyalty here and abroad and organizing events such as this, Jollibee will always continue to have a place in our hearts.


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@ilovejollibee Cebu Family Bee Day Grand Picnic set on May 10 @TourismPHL

This summer, the country’s number one fastfood chain is gathering Filipinos across the country   as one big happy family for the Jollibee Family Bee Day on May 10 (Saturday) from 2-5 pm.  

Dubbed as the grandest family picnic ever, it will be held simultaneously across the Philippines in five venues:

  1. Quirino Grandstand in Metro Manila, 
  2. Bayanihan Park in Pampanga, 
  3. Nuvali football grounds in Laguna, 
  4. Plaza Independencia in Cebu and 
  5. Crocodile Park in Davao   


“For over 35 years, Jollibee has played a significant role in the lives of Filipino families by serving as a place where they bond and relish one another’s company over superior-tasting food,” said Jollibee Vice President for Marketing Harvey Ong. 
“The Jollibee Family Bee Day grand picnic is a fun venue to celebrate our strong love for family which also extends to people who have been part of our daily lives.”    

The grand family picnic will feature exciting performances from guest bands like Callalily (Manila), 6 Cycle Mind (Pampanga), Moonstar 88 (Laguna), Spongecola (Cebu) and Imago (Davao) as well as celebrity performers for each leg. There will also be raffle prizes, and side activities for the kids.

To be a part of this one-of-a-kind picnic, simply visit any participating Jollibee store from April 12 to May 9, 2014 nearest to your preferred picnic venue.

Tickets are sold for only P150 (with any food purchase) and  comes with a set Jollibee picnic meal (Jollibee Yum with Cheese, Peach Mango Pie, bottle of mineral water and tetra-pack juice) good for one pax which will be distributed  on the day of the event plus a special Family Bee Day cap.

So get ready with your picnic mats and gather all your family, relatives and the whole gang for a family picnic like no other!  For more details, visit www.jollibee.com.ph.



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A Great New Way to Support Countryside Entrepreneurial Activities @swcebu @swbohol @dost_pagasa


THE Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICT Office), is again supporting Startup Weekend Cebu (SWC) which will be on its fourth staging come June 6-8 at the University of Cebu (UC) Banilad campus.

Startup Weekend Cebu 4, organized by TechTalks.ph and DOST-ICT Office and supported by Cebu Educational Development Foundation for IT (CEDF-IT), is aimed at generating breakthrough ideas from tech communities in the Visayas region.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour competition where developers, designers, marketers, technopreneurs, and venture capitalists come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startup businesses.

The concept, which started in the U.S., is a global movement to empower young entrepreneurs to nurture their innovative ideas into becoming sustainable businesses.

The event gathers experts and practitioners from different fields of business to mentor the participants as they launch their concepts into business reality.

The whole event involves the participants in different stages of the business cycle including idea creation and business pitching, prototype development, mentorship and networking sessions until product or business presentation to possible investors and funders.

According to DOST Undersecretary and ICT Office executive director Louis Napoleon C. Casambre, the ICT Office has been moving forward in its new thrust to uplift the entrepreneurial spirit in the ICT industry, and in line with this, it is supporting Startup Weekend Cebu 4.

“The DOST - ICT Office believes that providing support in countryside entrepreneurial activities is an effective way in livening and expanding the local economy through ICT,” Ibrahim said. “Promotion of homegrown ICT products and businesses will not only provide employment in the countryside but also help develop innovative and creative solutions that can address not only the local but also the global market.”

Tina Amper, founder of TechTalks.ph, said the DOST - ICT Office has since been very supportive of their activities, which now includes a Startup Weekend in Bohol later this year.
“From the first Startup Weekend Cebu to `Geeks on a Beach’, the DOST - ICT Office has been a consistent backer,” Amper said. “They have always been there for us, and we are very grateful to them, specially to Usec. Casambre and ICT Office deputy executive director Mon Ibrahim.”

Amper is serving as adviser/mentor to a new set of volunteer organizers who have stepped up to lead this year’s Startup Weekend. Entrepreneurs Rica Serenio and Ben Skelton will be leading SWCebu and SWBohol, respectively.

During Startup Weekend, participants get acquainted with one another starting on a Friday night. They pitch startup concepts they are passionate about, and form teams around the most popular ideas. They refine their ideas and business plans and start building product prototypes with the help of the onsite mentors, and then present what they have accomplished in a four-minute pitch and demo by Sundayevening.

Following the success of its inaugural staging in May 2012, Startup Weekend Cebu organizers successfully staged its second and third and now decided to hold its fourth leg in June due to the incessant demand of startup enthusiasts in the Visayas and Mindanao area again in partnership with DOST-ICT Office.

With the support of DOST - ICT Office, Amper said the 4th edition of Startup Weekend Cebu in June is again expected to be a resounding success, as well as the first Startup Weekend Bohol in Tagbilaran.

The DOST – ICT Office and TechTalks.ph are likewise co-organizing Startup Weekend Bohol which, according to Amper, has already drawn the backing of Bohol Gov. Edgar M. Chatto.

Everybody interested in learning how to start a business using web or mobile technologies are invited to participate in Startup Weekend Cebu 4. Technical mastery is not required.

Students, business people, and tech enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. Software developers and designers are likewise welcome to the event.

For registration or more information, visit the cebu.startupweekend.org or bohol.startupweekend.org sites, or find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @swcebu and @swbohol.



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What The UK Ambassador Did That Delighted Filipino Guests

British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad greeted guests in eloquent Filipino which came as a pleasant surprise in an intimate event with British diplomats and Cebu society.

He shares the hardships they had to go through when the most unfortunate thing happened to our country. "As we had no military operational links with the Philippines, I had to ensure that our deployment of two navy ships, three [Royal Air Force] cargo planes and 1,200 military personnel were able to operate effectively."

Overcoming a huge dilemma in transporting care to those who need it most, it has never been highly publicized that United Kingdom is the number one contributor in the wake of supertyphoon Haiyan/Yolanda’s wreckage in the Visayas, surpassing the US, humility that is of record level, a testament to their genuine care for us as a nation. 

He also shares his vision of attracting more stakeholders to come and invest in the country thus creating more jobs and opportunities and his track record would speak for itself.

He now looks forward to a brighter future for Philippines as with the rest of us.


He has chosen a long time Cebu resident who served a key role in organizing British aid as UK new honorary consul in Cebu. Ms Tamsin Booth has been assigned to care for British citizens in the Visayas and she speaks our local vernacular (Bisaya) as beautifully as she looks.

To our British envois, we, the Filipino people, will be forever grateful by your generosity, urgency and humility all these years.



Instagrammed with [l-r] Ms Victoria Buenaventura, Consul Ms Tamsin Booth, Ambassador Asif Ahmad and yours truly.

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Faith Above Everything Else

Growing up, life gave me barely enough in everything. But I am thankful I was raised that way because it taught me to appreciate what I have, save and have financial discipline, concretize my big dreams and work hard all my life for the things that I want to happen. Those deprivation prepared me to face the harsh fact that real world plays no favorites.  

Something happens to you when you become the hero for a long time. When I had the opportunity to actually do nothing, I immediately jumped at the idea. It was hard to explain to anyone even to my self. But we all go through that stage in life where we have nothing to lose and we couldn't think of anything better but to follow our heart. I am not one to explain my actions for I am only accountable to my Creator alone. We are young, the stakes are high but we have the rest of our lives to do better if not our best.  

With everything that goes on in my personal life now, I could only sigh with exhaustion beyond repair. A wise girl once told me in these times that I just have to "rest but don't quit." I will forever bring those words into my heart for God only has nothing but great plans for me; and while I take a leap of faith, He has opened more doors than I could handle.

For the first time in a long while, I can breathe again.

#blessed








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