DepEd, partners sign pact for 2nd CV spelling bee

Partnership. Carmen Copper consultant Edgardo Paglinawan (second from left) with Community Relations Department head Neil L. Papas (left) turns over the P.5 million sponsorship check to CHELE executive director Thomas Magee (center) and DepEd 7 Director Juliet Jeruta (second from right) to fund the 2nd Region VII Spelling Bee set on March 10. Prior to the turnover was the signing of the memorandum of understanding (inset photo) formalizing the partnership between DepEd, CHELE and Carmen Copper.  (contributed foto)

Partnership. Carmen Copper consultant Edgardo Paglinawan (second from left) with Community Relations Department head Neil L. Papas (left) turns over the P.5 million sponsorship check to CHELE executive director Thomas Magee (center) and DepEd 7 Director Juliet Jeruta (second from right) to fund the 2nd Region VII Spelling Bee set on March 10. Prior to the turnover was the signing of the memorandum of understanding (inset photo) formalizing the partnership between DepEd, CHELE and Carmen Copper.  (contributed foto)

THE Department of Education (DepEd) 7, Cebu Hub for English Learning Excellence (CHELE), and Carmen Copper Corp. and its parent company Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp. recently signed a memorandum of understanding for the holding of the 2nd Region VII Spelling Bee.

The event is aimed at improving the English skills of the children in Central Visayas (CV).

After the MOU signing, Edgardo R. Paglinawan, Carmen Copper consultant for Safety, Health, Environment and Community Relations, turned over the P500,000 sponsorship check to CHELE executive director Thomas Magee to fund the activity. This is the second year that Carmen Copper is sponsoring the regional spelling bee under the firm’s social development and management program (SDMP).

SDMP is a comprehensive five-year plan toward the sustained improvement in the living standards of the host and neighboring communities of companies in the extractive industries.

The signatories of the MOU are Carmen Copper executive vice president and director Adrian S. Ramos, who was represented by Paglinawan, DepEd 7 Director Juliet Jeruta and Magee.

The brightest of the students from the Provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor will test their spelling and vocabulary skills during the main event set on Tuesday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ecotech Centre in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City. There are 19 divisions of DepEd 7 participating in the event.

Last year’s winning words are “hallucination” in the elementary level and “gauche” in the high school level. This year, organizers have added the element of vocabulary in the competition to further enrich the children’s skills in the universal language.

‘Loving Me,’ a conference for women set on March 7

IF you looked at the mirror, would you want to change anything in your face or body? Many women would most likely say yes. There is an increasing number of women who opt to change how they look with rhinoplasty, botox treatments, breast augmentation and liposuction.

This year, the Colour Me Ladies’ Conference 2015 is set to inspire women from all over Cebu to recognize and recover their true design as a woman.
The theme of the conference is aptly “Loving Me” which is based on Psalm 139:14-“I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

The guest speakers include CBN Asia 700 Club host Felichi Pangilinan-Buizon, Jesus Reigns Philippines founder Gina Osmeña, and television host/beauty queen Miriam Quiambao-Roberto.

More than a thousand women are expected to attend the conference, which will be held tomorrow, March 7, at the Atlantic Hall of the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, following last year’s conference where almost 1,200 participants trooped to the venue for an afternoon of inspiration.

Interested women are encouraged to register early at any of the following outlets: OMF Lit bookshops at Robinsons Cybergate and Banilad, Citigym at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and selected local churches, namely, Citichurch, Quest Fellowship, Bradford UCCI, CCF, Calvary Chapel, Grace Baptist Church, His Dwelling, Foursquare and Banilad Alliance Fellowship.

Registration fee is P650, inclusive of snacks, goodie bag with a book and other freebies from sponsors.

For any inquiries, contact Lynnie H. Leal at 0923-9220540 or 255-5012.

Quest Hotel security manager leads safety council

AESSCCI Chapter Secretary Nick Nacorda CSP, HRRAC president Julie Najar, Outgoing AESSCCI president Col. Raul Peralta CSP, Incoming AESSCCI president Leandro Paralisan CSP, PDEA-7 Regional Deputy Director

AESSCCI Chapter Secretary Nick Nacorda CSP, HRRAC president Julie Najar, Outgoing AESSCCI president Col. Raul Peralta CSP, Incoming AESSCCI president Leandro Paralisan CSP, PDEA-7 Regional Deputy Director

All industries are affected by increasing threats to civilian safety, and in the hospitality industry, hotel security teams are continuously fortifying measures and policies to ensure high standards of guest safety, and peace and order.

The Cebu chapter of the Accommodation Establishments Security and Safety Coordinating Council, Inc. (AESSCCI) is the largest organization of accommodation security professionals in the Philippines, and provides a venue for the exchange of critical security information about terrorism, and crimes against tourists and hotel guests.

AESSCCI had their official hand-over ceremony last February 23, 2015, bidding farewell to Lt. Col. Raul Peralta, CSP and to welcome the organization’s new president Leandro Paralisan, CSP, the current Security Manager of Quest Hotel & Conference Center, Cebu, who has also previously served as Security Manager for the Rotana group of hotels in Dubai, UAE, before holding the same position for the former Hilton Resort and Spa, in Mactan.

Attending the event were also Marco Polo Hotel general manager and Hotel Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu (HRRAC) president, Julie Najar, as well as Deputy Regional Director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Wardley Getalla.

PrimeHomes launches two projects

PrimeHomes Development Corp. president Benedict Que and vice president Henry See award brokers and agents during a thanksgiving party  (Sun.Star Foto/Mai Enriquez, STC MassComm Intern)

PrimeHomes Development Corp. president Benedict Que and vice president Henry See award brokers and agents during a thanksgiving party  (Sun.Star Foto/Mai Enriquez, STC MassComm Intern)

“Every Filipino should be able to afford their own home,” Benedict Que, president of PrimeHomes, said.

PrimeHomes Development Corp., true to their vision and mission of providing every Filipinos with quality, affordable, safe and decent homes to live in, recently launched their two new projects – Casa Cerro and Riverside Residences during their thanksgiving event in Luana Homes, Minglanilla.

Casa Cerro is a Spanish-Mediterranean inspired housing community of all single-storey townhouse that sits on a sprawling 6,477sq.m. lot in Cogon, Compostela. It has 113 units.

Riverside Residences is a pocket-size subdivision that has 21 townhouse units in a 6,477 sq.m. lot along the highway of Tungkop, Minglanilla. Both developments are ideal for young families and individuals.

Aside from the presentation of the two new projects, the thanksgiving event also recognized, awarded and celebrated the dedication and efforts of the brokers of PrimeHomes. (Mai Enriquez, STC Mass Comm intern)

Amazing Big Sale on March 13-15 in all Gaisano Capital Stores

Jane Onieza

Jane Onieza

Amazing shopping deals and great finds await all shoppers as Gaisano Capital Stores hold its biggest sale dubbed as the “Amazing Big Sale” on March 13-15, 2015.

Enjoy the biggest discounts and slashed prices of up to 50 percent for all your needs: apparel items for men, ladies and kids, fashion accessories, home furnishing, baby needs, sporting goods, electronic gadgets and home appliances from Gaisano Capital Department Store, Supermarket and all boutiques mall-wide.

As a special treat to shoppers, Gaisano Capital will bring two of today’s hottest young celebrities, Jane Onieza and Manolo Pedrosa during the sale event. Jane will thrill fans as she performs live in Capital South 5th Floor Activity Center at 4 p.m. and in Mactan Island Mall, Mactan Phase 2 Activity Center at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, Meanwhile, Manolo will serenade shoppers on Sunday, March 15 in Gaisano Capital Casuntingan at 3 p.m. and in Gaisano Capital Danao at 5 p.m. Sponsors of the celebrity mall tours are BNY Jeans and BUM Equipment.

Visit any Gaisano Capital branch near you: Island Mall Mactan, South, Danao, Tisa, One Pavilion Mall, Gaisano Capital SRP Mall, Gaisano Saver’s Mart, Casuntingan, Gaisano Capital City IloIlo, Guanco, Kalibo, Passi, Oton, Main- Ormoc, Riverside- Ormoc, Central- Tacloban, Main- Tacloban, Sogod- Leyte, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Surigao, San Carlos, Masbate, Calapan- Mindoro, San Jose- Mindoro and San Francisco- Agusan del Sur.

Healthy Options presents ‘Why Supplement?’ talk

Dr. Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D.

Healthy Options, the Philippines’ leading one-stop shop for all-natural products, brought to Cebu Dr. Daniel Fabricant who delivered a talk dubbed “Why Supplement? Myths and Facts on Nutritional Supplementation,” last February 25, at Cebu City Marriott Hotel.

It was attended by Healthy Option’ Titanium, Gold and Green card members.

The two-day forum was held first in Manila on February 24 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

There has been a long standing debate on whether taking supplements is necessary and beneficial. Healthy Options’ vision has always been empower people to take charge of their health. So to end questions on supplements, it brought Dr. Fabricant to the country to bust myths and misconceptions.

Dr. Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D. is the executive director and chief executive officer of the Natural Products Association in the USA, the largest trade group in North America for natural nutritional-supplement companies, which handles advocacy, education, and communication. He also served as Director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“To know what supplements to take, take a look at your diet and diet patterns. Look at where you can fill the gap,” Dr. Fabricant, said.

Based on Philippine health profile which is high on malnutrition, obesity and consumption of refined sugars and starches, supplements can really help achieve optimum health benefits.

Basic supplements that one should consider taking are Vitamin D, Zinc, Magnesium, Omega 3, Alpha Lipoic Acid, L-Carnitine, Whole Psyllium husk, L-Glutathione, Biotin and B-Complex, among others.

Dr. Fabricant also underscored the importance of taking quality supplements.

Healthy Options’ branches in Cebu can be found at Ayala Center Cebu exapnsion and at The Northwing of SM City Cebu. Other stores nationwide are located at:

Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City; Rustan’s Supermarket, Makati City; Festival Supermall, Filinvest, Alabang; SM City, North EDSA; SM City Manila; SM Megamall B, EDSA, Mandaluyong City; SM Pampanga; SM Mall of Asia; SM Clark; Bonifacio High Street at the Fort; Trinoma in North EDSA, Quezon City; SM City Davao;
Rockwell-Makati; Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City; Commerce Mall in Alabang Town Center; Abreeza Mall, Davao City; Robinsons Magnolia, New Manila, Quezon City; Excelsior, Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City; at the lower ground floor of SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; Century City, Makati; and at the new Glorietta 2, Makati City. For product and health tips, visit www.healthyoptions.com.ph.

Bags of blessing for 500 families

Outreach Program. In photo are (from left) Maj. Sandro Sereño of the Phil. Army,   Metrobank Visayas Area-1 head Lorna Tolentino, a Bags of Blessing beneficiary, Toledo City Vice Mayor Antonio Yapha Jr., Global Business Power Corp. vice president Engr. Leah Diaz, Toledo City Councilor Merly Abad, Insp. Jose Canafuego of the Toledo City Police Station, Toledo City Councilor Sully Abellanosa and DSWD Toledo Social Welfare Officer 3 Jesusa Candido during the turnover of bags of blessing. (contributed foto)

Outreach Program. In photo are (from left) Maj. Sandro Sereño of the Phil. Army, Metrobank Visayas Area-1 head Lorna Tolentino, a Bags of Blessing beneficiary, Toledo City Vice Mayor Antonio Yapha Jr., Global Business Power Corp. vice president Engr. Leah Diaz, Toledo City Councilor Merly Abad, Insp. Jose Canafuego of the Toledo City Police Station, Toledo City Councilor Sully Abellanosa and DSWD Toledo Social Welfare Officer 3 Jesusa Candido during the turnover of bags of blessing. (contributed foto)

THE Metrobank Group recently distributed bags of blessing to 500 less fortunate families in Toledo City, Cebu.

The beneficiaries, who are under the National Government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), were chosen with the assistance of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

They received bags filled with rice, sugar, cooking oil, canned goods, noodles, coffee and snack packs.

Present during the distribution ceremony were Toledo City Vice Mayor Antonio Yapha Jr., Councilors Sully Abellanosa and Merly Abad, Metrobank Area-1 head of Visayas Lorna Tolentino, Global Business Power Corp. vice president Engr. Leah G. Diaz, DSWD-Toledo Social Welfare Officer 3 Jesusa Candido, Major Sandro Sereño of the Philippine Army’s 302 Infantry Brigade, and Insp. Jose Canafuego, deputy chief of the Toledo Cit Police Station.

The Bags of Blessing program is the brainchild of the Metrobank Group chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

Believing that it is important to share prosperity at the start of the year, Ty allocated P10 million to purchase food items for the benefit of the 10,000 less fortunate families nationwide.

Partners

The project is being organized by the GT-Metro Foundation, the family foundation of Dr. George S.K. Ty, and Metrobank Foundation together with the Metrobank Group and the GT Capital Holdings, which is the primary vehicle for the holding and management of the diversified business interests of the Ty family in the Philippines, including Global Business Power Corp.

Among the institutional partners of the project are the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, DSWD, Air 21, Hapee and the City Government of Toledo.

Norfil holds training for kids, youth with disabilities

Dreams. Patcini Marie Vismanos, diagnosed with congenital anomaly, expresses her wish to continue with her studies during the Norfil’s Self-Awareness and Values Enrichment Seminar for youth with disability. (contributed foto)

Dreams. Patcini Marie Vismanos, diagnosed with congenital anomaly, expresses her wish to continue with her studies during the Norfil’s Self-Awareness and Values Enrichment Seminar for youth with disability. (contributed foto)

A TOTAL of 50 children and youth with disabilities (CYWDs) from Cebu Province joined the seminar-workshop on “Self-Awareness and Values Enrichment” held last Feb. 18-19 and 24-25.

With the intention of developing the CYWDs’ self-esteem and social skills, the seminar-workshop was part of Norfil Foundation Inc.’s community-based rehabilitation (CBR) program.

“What is really important in this seminar-workshop is letting CYWD enhance their self-awareness for them to assert their rights to other people,” said Jhonny Barrameda, CBR-Cebu project-in-charge.

Barrameda said he observed that majority of the CYWDs tend to be shy and aloof because of their lack of self-confidence and lack of awareness of their rights and privileges.

“The way you view yourselves and the way you perceive how others see you would hinder you to be socially functional in the society. But in truth, you are rightfully endowed with dignity, self-respect and self-worth just like the others,” Barrameda said in his speech before the participants.

Invited speaker Niña Bojos, a person with disability herself, shared her unpleasant experiences that would often dampen her spirit.

“The more they let me down, the more I raise myself up and the more my self-confidence increases,” said Bojos in Cebuano.

Oslob National High School principal Florencio Labiste, who is suffering from congenital anomaly, also served as a speaker.

He said that as a young kid he got bullied because of his physical appearance.

“Your dreams will come true if you have dedication. If you feel you are marginalized, improvement is way to go. Then, everything else would fall into pieces. Our disability must not deter us from achieving our dreams,” said Labiste.

Toiling hard toward his dreams, Labiste eventually graduated in college with a degree in chemical engineering.

“Don’t let frustration, disappointment, and negativity creep in your mind that as you fall prey on any of these, the downfall of your dreams start to emerge,” he said.

The CYWD participants are from Bogo City and municipalities of Ginatilan, Samboan, Oslob, Dalaguete, Boljoon, Sogod, Tabogon, San Remigio and Medellin.

Call for nominations: 11th UP Gawad Plaridel

upgawadTHE University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (UPCMC) is now accepting nominations for the annual UP Gawad Plaridel, which recognizes Filipino media practitioners who have excelled in any of the media (print, radio, film, television, and new media) and have performed with the highest level of professional integrity in the interest of public service.

For 2015, the 11th UP Gawad Plaridel will be given to an outstanding film practitioner.

The award is named after Marcelo H. del Pilar (nom de plume, Plaridel), the selfless propagandist whose stewardship of the reformist newspaper, La Solidaridad, helped crystallize nationalist sentiments and ignite libertarian ideas in the 1890s.

Like Plaridel, the recipient must believe in the vision of a Philippine society that is egalitarian, participative and progressive; and in media that are socially responsible, critical and vigilant, liberative and transformative, and free and independent.

Filmmaking

Eligible for the awards are all living Filipino individuals who have excelled in the field of filmmaking as producer, director, scriptwriter, actor, production designer, scriptwriter, musical scorer, etc. Aside from their probity and integrity, these media practitioners must have produced a body of work that is marked by excellence and social relevance and must have achievements recognized nationally and/or internationally.

Individuals and institutions may nominate potential recipients. Institutions include media corporations, professional media associations, media advocacy groups, educational institutions, cultural foundations and non-government organizations.

Previous nominees may still be considered for this year’s award.

All current full-time faculty and staff of the UPCMC are disqualified from the nomination.

The deadline for submission of nominations is on April 30 at 5 p.m.

The recipient of the UP Gawad Plaridel 2015 will be announced in May 2015.

The UP Gawad Plaridel will be given in August in commemoration of del Pilar’s birth anniversary.

The awardee will receive the UP Gawad Plaridel trophy (designed by National Artist Napoleon Abueva) and will deliver the Plaridel Lecture addressing issues relevant to the state and practice of Philippine media.

The recipient will have a place of honor at all ceremonies and functions of the college.

The recipient’s portrait will be hung at the UP Gawad Plaridel Gallery located at the college lobby (Plaridel Hall, UP Diliman).

Nomination forms and award guidelines are available at the UPCMC website: http://masscomm.upd.edu.ph and at the UPCMC Office of Extension and External Relations.
Interested parties may call (02) 981-8500 local 2668 for more details.

Taft Properties, Habitat tie up for shelter project

Agreement. From left, Yvonne Lih, chief marketing officer of Habitat for Humanity Philippines; Charlie Ayco, CEO and managing director of Habitat for Humanity Philippines; Christopher C. Narciso, president and and COO of Taft Properties; and Lydwena Eco, Property Development Group head during the signing of the memorandum of agreement last Dec. 4, 2014. (contributed foto)

Agreement. From left, Yvonne Lih, chief marketing officer of Habitat for Humanity Philippines; Charlie Ayco, CEO and managing director of Habitat for Humanity Philippines; Christopher C. Narciso, president and and COO of Taft Properties; and Lydwena Eco, Property Development Group head during the signing of the memorandum of agreement last Dec. 4, 2014. (contributed foto)

TAFT Properties entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Habitat for Humanity last Dec. 4, 2014 to develop and provide simple, decent and affordable shelter for the underprivileged.

Taft contributed a total of P13 million that will be used for the construction of 260 houses, with 27.5 square meters floor area per unit.

Habitat for Humanity will rebuild Bohol housing units in various barangays in Bohol Province affected by the Oct. 15, 2013 7.2-magnitude earthquake.

The agreement was executed by Taft through Christopher G. Narciso, president and chief operations officer, and Habitat for Humanity chief executive officer and managing director Charlito S. Ayco.

Habitat for Humanity Philippines is a non-profit organization that serves Filipino families in need of decent homes.

Visit www.habitat.org.ph or www.facebook.com/habitatphilippines for details.