Pototsky shows skill in creating sculpture in less than 2 hours

A RUSSIAN artist yesterday made a sculptural bust of a Cebuano businessman in less than two hours.

With a lump of clay and Luis “Kiting” Moro Jr. as his model, Gregory Pototsky, who has 50 monuments erected around the world, showed art enthusiasts and fine arts students how he works as an artist.

“In making a sculptural portrait, we should create the character and the psychology of the person,” he said through his wife and translator Olga.(more)

Lim: RP still needs to fix tourism issues

BEFORE the Aquino administration can meet its target of six million foreign tourists by the end of his term, it has to first address some issues affecting the tourism industry, Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim said.

Lim, who spoke before the Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition, said the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines is currently taking measures to have the travel ban implemented by Hong Kong lifted.(more)

St. Petersburg to promote Cebu as tourism spot

THE Russian provincial government of St. Petersburg will promote Cebu as a tourist destination, announced St. Petersburg vice governor Igor Metelsky last Thursday, during his keynote speech in the opening of the 2nd Philippine-Russian Business Forum and Exhibition held at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) in Mandaue City.

“We are ready to promote Cebu as a tourist destination in St. Petersburg,” said Metelsky in Russian. (more)

Russians bring business, culture

APART from business concerns between two countries, culture and the arts were also a main focus at the Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition.

Before discussions on tourism took place, a bust of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy was unveiled during the opening ceremonies yesterday at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC).(more)

RP tourism has recovered: Lim

THOUGH some tourists from Hong Kong were lost after the hostage drama at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim believes the country has recovered from the backlash.

Lim, who was in Cebu to attend the Philippine Russian Business Forum yesterday, said that other markets have compensated for the loss of tourists from Hong Kong.(more)

2nd RP-Russia forum to open at CICC today

THE 2nd Philippine-Russia Business Forum and Exhibition formally opens today at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) in Mandaue City.

St. Petersburg vice governor Igor Metelskiy will lead a 30-member delegation composed of Russian government officials, private travel group leaders and journalists.(more)

Sri Lankan jewelry firm joins trade exhibit

AIMING to establish markets overseas on the strength of craftsmanship, quality, and designs, Premadasas Gems & Jewellery of Sri Lanka will be showcasing its products in the 2nd Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition (PRBFEX) on Oct. 21-24 at the Cebu International Convention Center in Mandaue City.

This was revealed by Honorary Russian Consul Armi Lopez Garcia, who said that Premadasas is the only foreign company in Southeast Asia participating in the Trade Exhibit.

While maintaining its position as Sri Lanka’s ardently-sought brand of quality gemstones and innovative jewelries, Premadasas hopes to achieve a higher level of recognition as a gems merchant and jeweler in the global arena by joining in this four-day event.

Premadasas, after its inception in 1956, experienced unprecedented growth and earned global recognition as it continued to attract an elite international clientele. Half a century later, it effortlessly reached the envied level of being in the top ranks for fine gemstones and jewelry.

A philosophy exclusively focused on customer satisfaction has led to constant staff training and upgrading manufacturing quality standards that maintained the status Premadasas is renowned for.

Premadasas is expected to portray its global strength in the industry by showcasing breathtaking arrays of Sri Lanka’s fine gems and jewelry in the 2nd PRBFEX.

The Trade Exhibition will serve as an educational point of exchange of cultural and economic backgrounds of both the Philippines and Russian Federation. It will showcase the various trade opportunities in both countries.

“We hope to generate more trade opportunities and strengthen relations between Russia and the Philippines through this exhibition,” Garcia said. “This will be a good entry point for the Russians not only to the Philippine market but to the ASEAN and even the rest of the world, and vise versa.”

Lined up for exhibition are products and services related to tourism and wellness; trade promotion and development; mining and energy; education and culture; labor, placement services and outsourcing; and retirement facilities and real estate development.

A Philippine-Russian Art Show, Photo Exhibition, and Cultural Dances are also featured in this event.

The 2nd Philippine-Russian Business Forum is organized by the Philippine Russian Business Assembly Inc. and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the Province of Cebu and the Department of Tourism.

The Philippine Exhibits and Themeparks Corp. is co-organizing the event in association with the City of Mandaue, Department of Trade and Industry, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu Business Club, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu FAME, Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, and the Cebu Gifts, Toys and Housewares (GTH).

Supporting the four-day affair are the Cebu Energy Development Corp./Toledo Power Corp., CHI/Cebu Property Ventures & Development Corp., Hongkong Express, PLDT-SME, Smart, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, Pascual Consumer Health Care Corp.,Epson, Globis Inc., GNM Printing House/SciTechs Digital Solutions, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, Be Resorts Mactan, Ng Khai, Pelagos, Olimpe Capital, Gorizont Consulting Corp., Milkfish, Legwork Production & Promotions, Neo Manufacturing Services Inc./Glee Electronics, and San Remigio Pensionne Suites/Primemovers and PRWorks.

Sun.Star Online, Sun.Star Cebu, Business Mirror, Cebu Daily News, The Freeman, GMA-7, Philippine Graphic Magazine, Manila Bulletin, The Philippine Star, Alcordo Advertising, and Amazing Cebu G Channel, Kommersant, Luxe Magazine and PhotoTravel Magazine are the media partners of the 2nd Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition.(PR)

Russian vice-guv in Cebu today to keynote trade forum

Russia’s 30-member official delegation arrived in Cebu yesterday to attend the 2nd Philippine-Russia Business Forum and Exhibition, which formally opens today at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) in Mandaue City.

St. Petersburg vice governor Igor Metelskiy heads the delegation composed of Russian government officials, private travel group leaders, and members of the press.

Metelskiy is expected to give the keynote speech today and specifically lay down the trade opportunities between the two countries more particularly between Cebu and St. Petersburg.

The two provinces signed a sisterhood partnership last September. Cebu is the only province in the Philippines to have successfully forged a sisterhood agreement with St. Petersburg, which is the second largest and progressive city in Russia next to Moscow.

About 400 local and international delegates are expected to attend the business and exhibition forum, which is also participated by two other major cities in Russia namely Moscow and Vladivostok.

“This year’s event promises to be a useful venue for prestigious business groups to network and explore opportunities that will expand trade and investments between the two countries,” said Russian ambassador to the Philippines Vitaly Vorobiev.

The business forum will have business sessions and roundtable discussions on mining and energy; education and culture; tourism and wellness; labor, placement, and outsourcing; retirement facilities, and real estate development; and trade promotion and development.

A one-on-one business matching and meeting between exhibitors and investors will also be conducted.

Exhibit

In cooperation with major export business groups, the four-day event will throw a grand exhibition of Cebu’s best products rangng from ranging from accessories and housewares to designer clothes and furniture pieces.

The groups include the Cebu Gifts, Toys, and Houseware Manufacturers and Exporter Foundation Inc. (Cebu-GTH), the Cebu Fashion Accessories Manufacturers and Exporters Foundation (Cebu FAME), the Fashion Council of Cebu (FCC), and the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, Inc. (CFIF).

Aside from the trade exhibition, an art show, photo exhibit, and cultural dance presentations will also highlight the event.

The art show will display masterpieces from Gregory Pototsky of Russia and his students while the photo exhibit will have 160 pictures of “Philippines and Russia Insights” from 20 Russian photographers, four photographers from Manila, and six from Cebu.

The 2nd Philippine-Russian Business Forum is organized by the Philippine Russian Business Assembly Inc. and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the Province of Cebu and the Department of Tourism.

The Philippine Exhibits and Themeparks Corp. is co-organizing the event in association with the City of Mandaue, Department of Trade and Industry, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu Business Club, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu FAME, Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, and the Cebu Gifts, Toys and Housewares (GTH).

Supporting the four-day affair are the Cebu Energy Development Corp./Toledo Power Corp., CHI/Cebu Property Ventures & Development Corp., Hongkong Express, PLDT-SME, Smart, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, Pascual Consumer Health Care Corp.,Epson, Globis Inc., GNM Printing House/SciTechs Digital Solutions, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, Be Resorts Mactan, Ng Khai, Pelagos, Olimpe Capital, Gorizont Consulting Corp., Milkfish, Legwork Production & Promotions, Neo Manufacturing Services Inc./Glee Electronics, and San Remigio Pensionne Suites/Primemovers and PRWorks.

Sun.Star Online, Sun.Star Cebu, Business Mirror, Cebu Daily News, The Freeman, GMA-7, Philippine Graphic Magazine, Manila Bulletin, The Philippine Star, Alcordo Advertising, and Amazing Cebu G Channel, Kommersant, Luxe Magazine and PhotoTravel Magazine are the media partners of the 2nd Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition.(PR)

All set for milestone in Philippine-Russian ties as 40-strong Russian delegation arrives

ORGANIZERS are all set for the opening of the Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition (PRBFEx) on October 21, 2010 as a 40-strong delegation from Russia arrives on October 20, 2010 to participate in a milestone in the developing relationship not only between the two countries but also on a broader regional level between Asia and the Russian Federation.

Honorary Russian Consul Armi Lopez Garcia said the forum will open with the unveiling of the bust of Leo Tolstoy, a monument made by the famed Russian sculptor Grigory Pototsky who had already installed 55 monuments in several countries around the world.

The Tolstoy bust is installed at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) International Park. The four-day PRBFEx 2010 will then commence at the CICC which was a summit venue of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2005.

The bust of Leo Tolstoy or Count Lyev Nikolayevich Tolstoy is significant because he was a Russian writer considered by many as the world’s greatest novelist with his masterpieces “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina” that represented in their scope, breadth and vivid depiction of 19th-century Russian life and attitudes, the peak of realist fiction. His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth-century figures as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Philippines is known around the globe for the peaceful EDSA Revolution in 1986 that catapulted Cory Aquino, the widow of Filipino hero Benigno Aquino Jr., to the presidency. President Cory is the mother of incumbent President Benigno Aquino III.

“The Tolstoy bust represents the stronger cultural relationship between the Filipino and Russian peoples,” said Consul Garcia.

Pototsky arrived yesterday with wife Olga while some 39 other Russians led by Vice Governor Igor Metelsky of St. Petersburg, Russian Federation who is expected to talk on the PRBFEx theme of moving forward not only in the business, trade, investments, tourism, and the people-to-people relationships between the Philippines and Russia will arrive today.

“The first Philippine-Russian business forum last year strengthened these ties. Now we are moving forward towards making the Philippines as an entry point for Russia’s efforts to develop its relationship with the rest of Asia,” said Consul Garcia.

“As coordinator for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) the Philippines is a strategic entry point to South East Asia and the rest of the region as we also develop broader regional relations between Asia and the Russian Federation,” she said.

The second annual business forum between the two countries will set the stage for deepening economic engagements between the Russian Federation and Asia as businesses across both regions explore cross–?border collaboration opportunities.

Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim and Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia, along with Russian Federation Ambassador H.H. Nikolay Kudashev, will cut the ribbon to open the PRBFEx which serves as a business and networking platform bridging businesses across the Russian Federation, the Philippines, and Asia.

Economic observers are looking forward to economic growth in Asia and Russia that will see both increasing their presence and weight in the global economy, said Consul Garcia.

The 2nd Philippine-Russian Business Forum is organized by the Philippine Russian Business Assembly Inc. and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the Province of Cebu and the Department of Tourism.

The Philippine Exhibits and Themeparks Corp. is co-organizing the event in association with the City of Mandaue, Department of Trade and Industry, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu Business Club, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu FAME, Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, and the Cebu Gifts, Toys and Housewares (GTH).

Supporting the four-day affair are the Cebu Energy Development Corp./Toledo Power Corp., CHI/Cebu Property Ventures & Development Corp., Hongkong Express, PLDT-SME, Smart, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, Pascual Consumer Health Care Corp.,Epson, Globis Inc., GNM Printing House/SciTechs Digital Solutions, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, Be Resorts Mactan, Ng Khai, Pelagos, Olimpe Capital, Gorizont Consulting Corp., Milkfish, Legwork Production & Promotions, Neo Manufacturing Services Inc./Glee Electronics, and San Remigio Pensionne Suites/Primemovers and PRWorks.

Sun.Star Online, Sun.Star Cebu, Business Mirror, Cebu Daily News, The Freeman, GMA-7, Philippine Graphic Magazine, Manila Bulletin, The Philippine Star, Alcordo Advertising, and Amazing Cebu G Channel, Kommersant, Luxe Magazine and PhotoTravel Magazine are the media partners of the 2nd Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition. (PR)

‘Art Talk’ with Pototsky slated in RP-Russian biz forum

ART students and art enthusiasts are set to have a once-in-lifetime experience this month when celebrated Russian painter-sculptor Gregory Pototsky makes a bust sculpture right before their very eyes.

This was announced Tuesday by honorary Russian Consul Armi Lopez Garcia, who just arrived from Russia and confirmed Pototsky’s visit to Cebu for the Philippine Russian Art Show.

The Philippine Russian Art Show is among the major components of the 2nd Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition on Oct. 21-24 at the Cebu International Convention Center in Mandaue City.

Dubbed “Art Talk with the Master,” Pototsky will give students a lecture on sculpture while making a bust of the late Jesus P. Garcia Sr., father of the Akademiyang Bisaya.

Pototsky, according to Consul Garcia, will be accompanied by his lovely wife Ms. Olga in his Philippine tour .

Nude white-on-white paintings of the famous Russian artist will also be displayed in the Art Show along with the works of selected local painters and sculptors led by Jojo Sagayno, whose winning entry in the Philippine Art Awards will be mounted on an easel for public viewing.

Also tapped to exhibit their contemporary art pieces are Cebuano painters Wenceslao “Tito” Cuevas, Vidal “Ondo” Alcoseba Jr., and Dennis “Sio” Montera and sculptors Florence Cinco and Fr. Jason Dy.

Other local participating artists include Nomar Miano, Palmy Tudtud-Pe, Javy Villacin, Radel Paredes, Adonis Durado, Koki Olario-Miano, Wesley Rasines, Karl Roque, and Russ Ligtas.

The 2nd Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition is organized by the Philippine Russian Business Assembly Inc. and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the Province of Cebu and the Department of Tourism.

The Philippine Exhibits and Themeparks Corp. is co-organizing the event in association with the City of Mandaue, Department of Trade and Industry, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu Business Club, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce, Cebu FAME, Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, and the Cebu Gifts, Toys and Housewares (GTH).