Professional coaches hold training summit

The Philippine Society for Training and Development Cebu (PSTD Cebu), the premier organization of training professionals, coaches, educators and learning advocates in the country, will hold its third International Training and Development Summit.
The summit, with the theme “The Learning Spectrum; Firing Up Future-Proof Organizations,” will be held on Nov. 22 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. PSTD will gather the most engaging, most authoritative, and influential thought leaders in today’s global learning and performance landscape including Asian Institute of Management president and chief executive officer Jikyeong Kang, best-selling author Mike Grogan, Viventis Search Asia executive director Yu Ming Chin and brand strategist Jerome Joseph.
Scott Friedman, an internationally sought-after professional speaker and motivational humorist, is slated to open the summit.
Find Your VOICE as a Leader author Paul N. Lar-sen will close the summit.
For the post-summit conference, PSTD and the Primary Group of Builders will be bringing in Dr. Paul Stoltz, the originator of Adversity Quotient or AQ. The conference, which is in partnership with Peak Learning of USA, Viventis of Manila, will be on Dec 2, also at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.
The events are recommended for executives, business leaders, and human resource and learning and development professionals.

Franzia: Cheers to Holidays


The most wonderful time of the year is finally just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the festive season than to open a box of Franzia for every gathering. With the classy packaging of the three-liter wine, a box of Franzia would be more than perfect to share within a small-size office, with the barkada or the family reunion during Noche Buena.
Made from the finest grapes in California, and known as the world’s best-selling wine, Franzia’s innovative Smart Tap techno-logy amps up its freshness and quality which make the wine fresh and delicious up to its last glass.
Franzia is also a classy hamper centerpiece to give to all the important people on one’s Christmas gift list. Franzia also offers a bottle of wine in 750 milliliters.
One may choose between California Red and Chillable Red.
Smooth, easy and wonderfully balanced, Franzia California Red Wine possesses ripe and juicy blackberry and cherry flavors that end with a crisp, clean finish. It could be a delicious pair to the rich and flavorful beef, pork and pasta dishes.
Sexy but not stuffy and punctuated with a sweet cherry flavor, the Chillable Red Wine is best enjoyed on dreariest days and also perfect for a cool cocktail. Pairing it with any salad, seafood or dessert will show more of its high flavor and strong finish.
Ideal for special occasions and as a heartwarming surprise to loved ones this holiday season, Franzia wines are a standout.

Radisson Blu turns Pink for awareness


In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Radisson Blu has come up with a “Love Blu, Be Pink!” campaign wherein a room in each of its participating hotels will turn pink for the month of October.
Radisson Blu Cebu has transformed one of its Business Class rooms into a pink room. From the welcome treats and decor to the artwork pieces and bath essentials, there are hints of pink in various hues.
Just as pretty as the room is the view of the Mactan harbor at night or during the day. What’s more, the rate is inclusive of a breakfast buffet for two persons and access to the exclusive privileges of the Business Class Lounge. The room can be booked until Oct. 31.
The pink theme is also carried out across the outlets of the hotel. Feria’s dessert station is converted into a pink corner with pink decadent sweets—fondue, macarons, strawberry opera cake, royaltine dome and champagne mousse.
Dilmah t-Bar offers a Pink Signature Afternoon High Tea which features three-tier sweet and savory items including quiche Lorraine, watermelon yogurt mousse and strawberry scones. The Lobby Bar has concocted pink-tinged blends such as the rosehip and hibiscus iced tea, pink mojito and candy cosmo.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Pink Room and food and beverages will benefit the ICanServe Foundation Inc. to fund the cause of early breast cancer detection and awareness.
“Radisson Blu Cebu is proud to support the efforts of this global campaign. Together with our guests, we are looking forward to raising awareness against the disease,” said general manager Laurent Boisdron.

Cassandra C. Poculan

Bloggers gather for Mustard Seed


Mustard Seed Systems Corp. (MSSC), a leading provider of business management solutions and services for small and medium businesses and enterprises in the Philippines, recently organized a free event for business and tech bloggers to help them be better crackerjacks and innovative content creators.
MSSC recognizes the consequential role that the bloggers’ network plays in advertising its brands through engaging materials uploaded on the internet.
The Business and Tech Bloggers’ Event took place at Limbaga 77 Café Restaurant in Tomas Morato, Quezon City last Sept. 29. The bad weather that day wasn’t reason enough for the bloggers to skip the event as the attendance turnout was an impressive 85 percent.
GadgetMatch creative director and Sacola Philippines co-founder Chay Lazaro, who was the guest speaker, highlighted the strengths of using visuals in boosting blogs and the exigency of generating contemporary content. She also discussed tricks and techniques on how to ameliorate readability and web visibility.
The patrons who backed up the occasion were Acer, CyberPower, NComputing and Intuit (QuickBooks Online).
Acer Philippines brought its cream of the crop and presented an arresting product array. Its TravelMate series boasts of enhanced features like water-resistant keyboard, fingerprint reader, military-grade durability and a sleeker metal cover design.
CyberPower was a breath of fresh air with its 102 patents. Locally, it has supplied 5,000 uninterruptible power supply units for the grocery chain of the largest mall in the country.
Multi-awarded desktop virtualization software company NComputing was represented by Vinea Distribution Inc. It counts the Department of Education as its biggest client worldwide and the Philippines as its second largest customer in Asia.
Then there is QuickBooks Online by Intuit, which is a cloud accounting software trusted by over 1.5 million enterprises across the world.

Missy Bon Bon: The new bread shop in town

MISSY BON BON. There’s a new bread shop in town. Missy Bon Bon Bread Shop is now in SM City Cebu. The bread shop is a hip, cozy, relaxed shop that sells world-class artisanal bread. It serves healthy, freshly made bread onsite with unique fusion interpretations of local bread products and gourmet comfort food. One may visit Missy Bon Bon on the upper ground floor of SM City Cebu.

MISSY BON BON. There’s a new bread shop in town. Missy Bon Bon Bread Shop is now in SM City Cebu. The bread shop is a hip, cozy, relaxed shop that sells world-class artisanal bread. It serves healthy, freshly made bread onsite with unique fusion interpretations of local bread products and gourmet comfort food. One may visit Missy Bon Bon on the upper ground floor of SM City Cebu.

PWPA hosts inaugural PH Wood Expo 2016

The first Philippine Wood Expo and Forum will take place tomorrow and Wednesday at the Centennial Hall Ballroom, The Manila Hotel.
With the strong support from the industry, Phil Wood Expo 2016 will feature local and international exhibitors and attract high quality trade professionals from all over the world. It aims to gather top industry players, wood specialists and enthusiasts who can share proven trends, policies and technologies that promote sustainable building and reforestation with wood.
Serving the industry for 60 years, the Philippine Wood Producers Association or PWPA aims to develop the Philippine wood industry.
Among the expo’s guests are Department of Environment and Natural Resources Sec. Regina Paz Lopez, Department of Trade and Industry Sec. Ramon Lopez, Philippine Institute of Interior Design president James Jao, MLMO Architecture & Planning chief executive officer (CEO) Ma. Lourdes Martinez Onozawa, Mañosa & Co. CEO Gelo Mañosa and Palafox Architecture Group Inc. founder Felino Palafox.
The theme of the expo is “Wood: A Strong Climate Change Solution.” Wood is the only real sustainable material.

Wilcon launches app


Wilcon Depot, the country’s leader in home building merchandise, has recently launched a wireless network inside its stores. This service allows customers to connect to a portal of information while on their store visit. Wilcon Digi was introduced to the guests and customers during the opening of Wilcon Sta. Rosa last Sept. 23.
This exclusive wireless local area network allows customers access to valuable information about the store, its corporate values, news and events, promos, services, product information and practical home tips. Conveniently, customers can enter the virtual world of Wilcon Digi by connecting to the Wilcon Depot WiFi inside any Wilcon store through any WiFi-enabled device. Once connected, users will be automatically redirected to a webpage where they will be able to browse in a mobile application interface.
“We want to venture into the advancing need of our customers for a technology-powered shopping experience. This is also part of Wilcon’s value added services as we gear toward our 40th year in 2017,” said Wilcon senior executive vice president and chief operating officer Rosemarie Ong.
Before the year ends, Wilcon will revamp its public website through e-commerce in response to the growing market for online shopping.

Experience UN at SM


SM Supermalls join the country in celebrating United Nations (UN) Day on Monday. Exciting festivities are in store as SM malls in Cebu bring the world closer together through fun, food and finds this UN season.
Special events like Talents of the World, Costumes of the Nations and World Dances will open one’s eyes to the beauty of the different cultures.
One may witness international colors soar high and mighty at the grand display of flags at the mall atrium and hallways of SM City Cebu and SM City Consolacion.

AEV receives governance recognition

ABOITIZ EQUITY VENTURES chief finance officer Dmi Lozano and chief compliance officer Jazz Oporto.

ABOITIZ EQUITY VENTURES chief finance officer Dmi Lozano and chief compliance officer Jazz Oporto.

Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. (AEV), the listed holding company of the Aboitiz Group, ranks among the country’s top 15 companies in good corporate governance as rated by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).
AEV, together with 14 other listed local companies, was recognized by ICD as Governance Awardees at the 2016 Investors’ Forum last Oct. 6 at the Manila Polo Club, Makati City.
According to ICD, these firms were recognized after topping the following criteria: Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Corporate Governance Scorecard, Shareholders, Public Disclosure and Transparency, Stakeholders and Board of Directors.
“We are pleased to have been recognized by the ICD for our efforts on good corporate governance, because we believe this creates long-term value for our businesses and all our stakeholders. We are convinced that this is a sensible, appropriate and sustainable way to move forward as a business enterprise,” Erramon I. Aboitiz, AEV president and chief executive officer, said.
The event was organized by the ICD in partnership with the Fund Managers Association of the Philippines, the Philippine Investment Funds Association, the Trust Officers Association of the Philippines and PJS Corporate Support Inc. to help investors practice responsible stewardship. It brought together institutional investors, fund managers, trust officers, asset managers, stockbrokers and directors, as well as regulatory bodies such as insurance companies and investment/commercial banks.
Aside from AEV, other companies cited were Manila Water Company Inc., Philex Mining Corp., BDO Unibank Inc., Globe Telecom Inc., GT Capital Holdings Inc., Manila Electric Company, Ayala Corp., Ayala Land Inc., Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., SM Prime Holdings Inc., Bank of the Philippine Islands, Energy Development Corp., International Container Terminal Services Inc. and Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company.